The Unspoken Worries of Today’s Caregivers
I don’t know what I am doing. Listen, we are happy you showed up for duty. You will learn the ropes so give yourself some slack. Don’t forget to laugh at some of your ‘learning’ experiences.
I feel guilty about living while my loved one is dying. Finding a balance between self-care and caring for your loved one is vital. Feeling guilty is wasting your energy. There are many great social media caregiver support groups to join.
I am uncertain about the future. The sacrifices can be long, deep, and hard. Knowledge is power. Learning more about what to expect in this care journey frees up mental energy to commit to your own needs.
I feel invisible. According to Caring.com, 80% say that caregiving strains their personal relationships. You may feel forgotten, lost, and underappreciated with all the activity and resources focused on your loved one.
I am exhausted. AARP conducts many studies on caregivers, they found that 58% of family caregivers’ burden to be moderate to highly stressful. Please, please find some respite care for your loved one and get yourself the rest and recovery you need.
Self-Care is not Selfish
Self-care is caregiving. No one can pour from an empty cup. It’s important to remember that taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of the person you are caring for. It is important to take breaks and make sure to take care of yourself.