One of the hardest things for caregivers to learn is often that nurturing is important for both care partners — both the caregiver and the carereceiver.
Because giving care can quickly become overwhelming and time consuming. Caregivers automatically give care, and often don’t as easily receive it… whether self-care or care from someone else.
And at the same time, it’s one of the most important things that caregivers can do.
In order to be a successful caregiver, you need to be in good physical and emotional health. And optimal health means doing things like…
- Eating healthy…
- Exercising regularly…
- Sleeping well…
- Taking breaks–both long and short…
- Keeping up with your own medical and dental care…
- Learning about caregiving and any conditions your care partner has… and
- Getting the support you need.
Research shows that caregivers who are nurtured are healthier, feel better about themselves and their caregiving, and have increased energy and enthusiasm.
Finding time to care for yourself is important. One way to think of it is you can’t give your best unless you are at your best. And it’s the opposite of selfish!
Because you are caring for yourself in order to care for someone else.
Caring for someone else is the essence — the heart — of caregiving.
And it’s important to remember that all caregiving starts with caring for someone else. Successful caregiving does too.
Can the carereceiver become the caregiver and vice versa?
Yes! I still cherish those moments when my mother would express concern about my welfare as her primary caregiver. It may have lasted only a few moments, but her concern and love came through even in the midst of her illness.
The secret can be in looking for it so you don’t miss it. 😉
One of the easiest ways to help you remember to nurture both care partners is to use a guide, like A HEART PLANTM .
It’s a gentle plan that works, guiding you to more than surviving — thriving — in caregiving.
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