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Caregiver Stress


Caregiver Stress is something we all have.  And unfortunately it is here to stay for as long as we are caregivers.  I always hear “You have to do something for yourself or take time for yourself, etc.”.  I typically say “I know”  and sigh.  I know I should be making myself more of a priority- but easier said than done.  It’s hard to find the time, especially now that I am both working and caregiving.  But the truth is, as much as I don’t like to hear it, it is important- no it is a necessity- to make time for yourself if you want to avoid a total burnout.  I have to admit, I am not the expert at doing this myself.  Sometimes I literally have to force myself to ignore all the things that need to be done and concentrate on doing something nice for myself.  Recently, my best friend has resorted to sending me text messages acting as ” my conscious” telling me to go get a pedicure or buy myself flowers.  Luckily for me, I have a best friend who would do that; unluckily for me I actually need that push in order to do it.  The luxury of having freedom and a “me-centric” lifestyle are long gone.  But that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t have or feel guilty for having as much as my own life that I can get.  Albeit, I don’t exactly have a lot of time for a “life” but when I do- those moments are that much sweeter because I don’t take them for granted anymore.  (more…)

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