In a recent article in the USA Weekend, an article was published about the need for caregivers to create an awareness of caregiving the self as well as caring for family and loved ones who need help.
I remember when my unending list of daily tasks kept growing by leaps and bounds. They included: preparation of meals, management of household duties and medications administered on time. There was a laundry list of doctor's appointments sometimes 2 or 3 per day.
As the reports are released, the job of caregiver is often emotionally and physically exhausting which creates high anxiety and stress. Many are overwhelmed and do not regard their own need to take care of the self, too. When there is no one around to nurture and support the caregiver, who stabilizes the hard working caregiver? Consequently, we have to create a routine that will stabilize our own energy and wellbeing.
Listed below are suggestions to assist the nurturing and loving caregiver.
1. Become aware of your emotions especially feelings of depression and sadness. Caregivers give so much time and energy toward the needs of others, they forget to notice the warning signs of exhaustion. Day in, day out, the caregiver continues the mission of 'doing for others' with little regard for the care of the self.
2 Make changes when energy is low and seep is deprived. Make small changes.
a. Have a cup of tea or coffee with a friend---sharing time with someone else is so important to release pent up emotions.
b. Watch a light hearted movie....laughter is wonderful medicine.
c. Reduce sugar intake---body unable to process too much white sugar--creates more nervousness.
d. Drink more water---when in stress our body is depleted of H2O
e. Take a walk--exercise releases a lot of stress
f. Meditate---being quiet for 10 or 15 minutes and allowing your brain to release pent up energy is valuable for the soul.
g. Do deep breathing exercises---oxygen needs to be replenished in every cell of the body.
h. Yoga,and T'ai Chi ---focused movements to allow the body and the mind to relax.
i. Listen to music that makes you smile.
j. Get a massage---caregivers often neglect the need for touch and letting go of muscle tension.
k. DANCE---it cures a host of pent-up energy.
l. and....you fill in the blank in whatever is comforting for you......
By observing the need for balance and recharging your own batteries, tension in the mind and the body will melt away. Caregivers are reluctant to accept help but someone might be willing to pick up groceries, run an errand, cook a meal or even give you a hug. Ask and you shall receive. The need for the caregiver to reset their 'overload' button will make a huge difference in the personal energy level of the caregiver.
3. Visit your doctor for screenings and check-ups. It is a vital part of the plan of support for the all of us.
AND.....make sure you have a copy of Yes! It Really IS All About Me--A Journey of a Lifetime by Darleen Miller. It is a comprehensive workbook that will provide astonishing insights into the grace of your path and how to live in your Heart Awareness.
We are all unique with our own gifts and talents; nurture that concept and know you are loved.