In honor of national caregiver month I will really like to utilize this blog post to focus on not forgetting you the caregiver as you provide care to your loved one or client.
Forgetting who you are as a caregiver can lead to mental, physical and financial challenges, if you don’t take the necessary time and steps to care for you. First thing first I want to take this time and celebrate you the caregiver!!!! You are magnificent! You are strong! You are courageous! You are faithful! Most of all you rock!!!!! Take this time right now and stop what you are doing and pat yourself on the back, applaud yourself for doing the best with what is given. Through the tears, laughter, frustration, anger and sometimes the question of why? You have made it another day, week, month or year as caregiver. I personally honor and admire all caregivers given the role because it a task that requires unselfish endurance of care and giving.
Now that we have celebrated you the caregiver let’s talk about some vital routine steps you should implement on a daily basis. As a caregiver personally and as a professional that works with caregivers daily I have come to the realization that there are seven channels to providing care. Grab a pen and paper to take note of these important steps of not forgetting you during the journey of caring.
Accept that every day will not be a perfect day. Affirm to yourself daily “I did my best.”
Start your day in a quiet space to gather all that you hope to achieve during the day. Balancing yourself in a sense of calmness keeps the stress away☺
Never let the challenges of caregiving consume who you are at heart. Look, read, or touch something you enjoy doing on a daily basis to forget me not.
Give with a heart of knowing that you are appreciated even if your loved one or family don’t or can’t tell you. Giving is a position of serving and serving brings joy and pleasing to the heart of God.
Speak life to yourself. Say something good about yourself daily. E.g. “I ROCK BABY!!!!”
Never, I mean never feel bad for taking time for you. YOU deserve to be restored and rejuvenated as you provide care.
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