Think about all you do during the day, from the moment you rise until you crawl back into bed. What things come to mind?
Did you think things like:
- Getting my loved one up and ready for the day
- Getting my loved one to doctors appointments
- Getting meals prepared that my loved one will eat
In other words, did all of your daily tasks revolve around caring for your loved one?
For many caregivers, it’s true. From the moment they rise, their mind drifts from one moment to the next, always thinking about the next thing they must accomplish to keep the person they are caring for safe, comfortable and secure.
Yet they are missing one crucial element to making it all work. Themselves.
The daily discipline of being a caregiver doesn’t just involve the needs of the person you are caring for, it also encompasses your needs. And if your plans aren’t as high priority as the needs of the one you are caring for, you are setting yourself up for difficulty. [Read more…]