Taking Care of Yourself
Caregiving involves many challenges.
New skills may need to be mastered.
New ways of relating to a family member may need to be developed.
Tough decisions may need to be made.
Often one of the greatest challenges is taking care of yourself.
Take care of yourself so that you can better care for your loved
"THE SANDWICH GENERATION"
These are caregivers who find themselves squeezed in
between caring for younger loved ones such as children, and their elder parents
or other elder family members.
Some common stressers are:
-How do I split my time between my children/family and
my elder loved one?
-How much of my time is too much time in each caregiving role?
-How do I find time for my marriage?
-How do I find time for myself?
-How do I keep the generational peace between my kids and my elder loved one?
-How do I combat my feelings of isolation?
-Guilt, guilt and more guilt for not having enough time to accomplish all
that I "should" be doing.
To counter some
of these stressers, here are a few tips to help along the way:
-Hold a family meeting - discuss the many caregiving
tasks and who can share responsibilities
-Communication - make sure all family members
have a chance to talk about their feelings.
-Ask for Assistance - make a point of picking
up the phone and calling area resources. You may be surprised at who is waiting
to help you.
-Take time to care for yourself - this is not
an act of selfishness, it is actually an act of great giving.
-Take time every day to "check in" with yourself, even if it
is for 10 minutes. Enjoy this time by reading, listening
to music, exercising, or whatever you like to do.
-Remember to laugh at the funny things in life.
-Take time to be "in" your marriage.
-Listen to your body - if your body is telling
you to slow down, or that something is not right, seek medical advice.
For those of you squeezed
in the sandwich generation please know that you are not alone and that assistance
is often only a telephone call or an internet site away.
--Today's Caregiver Magazine,
When you record or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings
joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.
Caregiving teaches us that, however
serious a crisis may be, it can be an invitation to grow in our understanding
of and our appreciation for our lives, our loves and our values, all of which
take on greater meaning in today's world.
--Source: Today's Caregiver Magazine
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