Caring for Caregivers

Caring for Caregivers



Being a caregiver can mean you are caring for a child, sibling, parent or spouse. To be able to take care of our loved ones we must take care of ourselves. If we get run-down, we will not be of any good. Here are a few ways caregivers can recharge:
  • respite care
  • join a caregiver's group
  • hobbies
  • take time for you
Respite care is when someone comes in and takes care of our loved ones so we can have some time to ourselves. They can take them out to appointments or shopping. Respite workers can come into the home to care for our loved ones and you can have time for yourself away from the house. Respite is nice because it can be tailored to your needs.



Joining a caregiver's group can be just the blessing you need. These groups can be found taking place within our community centers, our churches, local libraries, schools or online. These groups can bring great comfort, in support and knowledge.

Not all groups are alike. If one is not your cup of tea, try another. For example: I attended a local caregiver's group with a friend that was at a local church. I found it quite nice that it was faith based. My friend did not really connect with that approach. I suggested they try another group at a local library or school.

Enjoy engaging in your creative side. Participating in your hobbies is a great way to relax and recharge. If you have respite already, you can use that time to do something you enjoy. Hobbies a great ways to express yourself and improve your mood also.

One my favorite hobbies is painting. 

All caregivers need to schedule time for themselves. A few moments outside breathing in the fresh air is one way you can have some you time for yourself. Take time to get you hair or nails done, something special just for you.

If you don't take care of yourself, you will not last long caring for others. The person you are caring for is depending on you for their needs and care. Don't let yourself get warn down or even sick.

Take care of yourself and if you would like to check a list of self-nurturing activities to try.

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