Sometimes the simple act of breathing, a deep breath in and out can mentally give a caregiver space to solve a problem. Understanding the roller coaster of emotions caregivers go through is our guest, Cyndi. Living with and taking care of her Mom and brother was overwhelming. Cyndi was a stressed out family caregiver not taking care of herself. (Sound familiar?)
Self-care is a vital component in the overall caregiving journey. I am very reluctant to miss my regular exercise classes or bike rides because I know how I feel when I do. It is not a selfish thing to take time for yourself. Being a good care partner means assembling your support network so self care isn’t neglected.
In addition to exercise I’m in a caregiver support group, I participate in many online chat groups and I talk to many knowledgeable guests. Despite all this, I still struggle. Struggling is part of the journey unfortunately. However, we don’t have to struggle alone. In fact, we should do our best not too.
Gathering your support network is just as important as making sure your loved one has what they need. In fact, it may even be more important. Failing to be able to care for someone because you neglected your own needs is something all caregivers need to avoid.
Tuning in to this episode will give you insights into self-care, challenges in getting help and ways to make it happen.