Happy Thursday! Caring for a loved one whether it’s a family member or a friend can be difficult and as a caregiver it can change your life drastically and not just financially. If you are in need of support, then keep reading for all the deets.
6 self-care tips for caregivers
You cannot truly care for others if you are not taking care of your self first.
- Caregivers come in many different forms. Taking care of another person just doesn’t mean physically ill, it can also be caring for someone who is mentally ill, mental health difficulties, a child, your parents, or somebody’s financial burdens.
- Give yourself credit. Don’t bypass the opportunity to pat yourself on the back when you are doing a good job. Affirm the moment and reinforce the message that you are doing a great job as a caregiver, practice a mantra or buy yourself some flowers.
- Accept help. Allow for people to actually show up for you and come through for you in whatever way you need. Ask for help and allow yourself to receive it.
- Set boundaries. Allow yourself to establish the boundaries that will keep you sane and healthy while you care for someone else.
- Recognize the signs of caregiver burnout. Caring for somebody especially on a long-term basis, means that you can become very vulnerable to emotional stressors. This includes feeling irritable, feeling sad, hopeless, and losing sleep.
- Set aside time for your own self-care. If you’re feeling depleted or constantly worn out it is important to factor in self-care practices, especially at the top of your day before you start to care for somebody else.
Are you a caregiver of some sort? Let me know in the comments.