Our schedules are never the same. As caregivers we may wake up at 7AM or 10AM. Some of us wake up throughout the night to check on our loved one for various reasons; they need help rolling over, machines are ringing, bathroom breaks are needed, aches and pain need attention, etc.. We rise, exhausted from the night before, to our loved ones now needing medications and/or supplements upon opening their eyes.
Our fuel builds us up and we burn it all on someone else. When do we stop to give care to ourselves? Does guilt chime in taking a moment to enjoy peace?
With 24 hours in a day, are we really consumed so much by caregiving that giving self-care is unattainable?
Make little changes to self-care, like these:
-Go into a quiet room, even if it’s the bathroom, close your eyes and give yourself 10 minutes to just breathe
-Add some epsom salt and essential oil to your bath water
-Skin brushing – it gets the lymph nodes moving
-Treat yourself to a mani/pedi if you can steel away for an hour
-How about a 30 minute massage?
-Iced drink and a good book – even if it’s a few pages a day
-Eat a healthy meal
-Call a friend that you know will bring laughter to the conversation
-Write a few snail-mail letters
-Take a short walk
-Blow bubbles. I know… sounds weird right? We are all kids at heart.
Enjoy this Wednesday whatever it holds:)
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.