We are continuing to celebrate National Caregivers Month with a month full of helpful advice and stories about our amazing caregivers and the people with Alzheimer’s they love. This week, we are focusing on STRESS, which is an important topic for every caregiver.
In order to be the best caregiver for your loved one, you have to take care of your physical and emotional health first. Given this week’s topic, I thought it appropriate to re-visit a blog entry I wrote a few weeks ago about finding ways to de-stress during your day, even as caregiving seems to take up every single available minute:
“If one more person tells me that I need to make time for myself, I will puke!”
“As a caregiver, it is so important that you take care of yourself.” That is a very true statement, and one which we utter frequently to those folks who are dedicated to caring for loved ones with dementia. Recently when I said this, a caregiver responded with “If one more person tells me that I need to make time for myself, I will puke!” Several other caregivers nodded their heads in agreement. SO, will I stop saying it?