Very timely article from Beliefnet.com on the need for caregivers to recharge. I see first hand what it can and will do to you if you don’t get time for yourself, so check out just “how” this can be done.
Caregivers, You Must Care for Yourself
How can caregivers better care for themselves? “In order to take care of others, you must also take care of yourself,” writes Eva Piper. She’s been through it – caring for her husband after he was in a terrible traffic accident requiring him to endure 34 surgeries.
Get away, take a break! “Leaving the hospital, stepping away from the situation briefly or even taking time to get some much-needed sleep is essential to your health and your ability to care for the person who needs you,” she advises.
Take Time to Recharge: “Those who really care about you will see it as a privilege to help you make phone calls or cook a meal for your family,” writes Piper. She’s the author of A Walk through the Dark.
Let Others Help! “When others get to help, it makes them feel good and allows them to physically express their love for you. Preventing others from helping robs them of what they consider their way of making things better, or easier.”
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