How To Care For The Caregivers
At some point in your life you are likely going to be a caregiver or need a caregiver. There are estimated to be 42 million family caregivers in America. That’s 1 out of 5 adults according to AARP.org
– Caregivers are often parents with children who are now also taking care of a sick or elderly family member.
-Caregivers often feel like they are expected or obligated to take care of everyone else at the expense of themselves.
-They often feel badly or like they are letting people down if the don’t have the energy or strength to “do it all”.
-They often feel guilty if they want to take time off or do something for themselves.
-They often feel like they can’t or shouldn’t lean on others to help.
-They may compensate for lack of rest with comfort eating, smoking, caffeine or other things that can be bad for them.
1. Feel good about taking care of yourself.
(It’s a tough job and you’re doing your best!
2. Reach out for support.
(Connect with others, don’t isolate yourself.
3. Make time to care for your own needs.
(Take naps, listen to relaxation programs, eat healthier and walk.)
Bottom Line: It’s OK to take care of yourself. You’ve got a tough job that you didn’t ask for. So be kind to yourself, even if you get frustrated. That’s a natural response. Use the above tips, lean on others when you need help, and remember that YOUR life counts as well!
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