Whether you are a caregiver by profession, choice, or circumstance, it can be a rewarding role. There are people who need you, and you’ll give all you can. Still, you will need to regularly monitor your own physical and emotional well-being.
Not only are we out in the fresh air, moving our bodies, drinking in precious sunshine, and getting to that state of being pleasantly tired, but recent studies suggest that the bacteria in the soil acts as a natural anti-depressant.
Wake up in the morning with a fresh start and give thanks for the day ahead. Take a few minutes and read or listen to something that enlivens you (this does not include the news!). Take it easy on yourself and take time to watch those beautiful flowers and listen to the birds chirping.
Part of the ebb and flow of life comes from the good and the bad that happen, and the more that we can self-knowledge, the better. I noticed a sign in an office that stuck with me; "If you are injured on the job, you must immediately report your injury to your employer." I wonder how many times we are injured emotionally in our caregiver roles and don't validate it to ourselves?
Contrary to what you may think, always running won't necessarily get it all done, but it will create more stress and burnout.
This is the very time to immerse yourself in hope, set your sights on possibilities and create a pathway for what you want in your life.
Whether it is listening at the bathroom door to be sure your loved one hasn't fallen or you've slept with one ear open for a cry in the night for help, you are engaged in some way most of the time.