One of the many peace-of-mind benefits of being an Ebenezer Community resident is knowing Fairview Caregiver Assurance is a part of the Ebenezer network and one of the many resources we offer. Fairview Caregiver Assurance helps Caregivers get the support they need to give the best care possible. As the headline notes, Caregivers caring for themselves as individuals is okay.
According to recently published professional journals, making the case for self-care for Caregivers is not only a luxury, but also a basic necessity for the person who cares for others, along with a few ideas to make it happen. Following are some hopefully helpful thoughts in regard to self-care for Caregivers:
Self-care literally and simply means caring for yourself, for your own needs. It’s a critical concept for caregiving. How can you possibly find time to take care of yourself? Even if you could, doing so often feels selfish. Self-care isn’t selfish – it’s critical. You need to maintain your physical, emotional and mental health, or you simply won’t be able to cope.
What Self-Care Is And ISN’T
Self-care has exploded on social media. Posts often talk about special ways to treat yourself, like the following.
- Take a bubble bath
- Treat yourself to a spa day
- Buy some expensive chocolate
- Put aside an evening to watch TV with snacks
- Eat amazing meals
- Listen to music
- Meditate or do yoga
But, self-care also exists in the smaller things, in the areas that are less obvious and less dramatic. That type of self-care is often more important. As an example, for people with depression, self-care is often as simple as taking a shower and dressing well each day (regardless of whether you’re going anywhere or not). Doing the housework might be another form of self-care. There are many other examples.
The idea is to focus on your own needs. Those might be physical, social or emotional. Doing this consistently helps you to grow and to cope better. You end up being a more effective self-care giver too.
Finding Your Balance
There are countless self-care lists out there. They all highlight various things that you should and should not do. This includes ideas like getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night, going for a short walk each day, buying treats, and the like. But, reality isn’t always that straightforward. You need to find approaches that work in your given situation.
For example, getting a full night of sleep is sometimes impossible. One suggestion: Attempt to nap during the day. It isn’t a perfect solution, far from it. But, napping is a form of self-care and one that frequently works.
The same applies to other areas, like exercise. Did you know that even small bouts of exercise add up? It’s true. Exercising for five or ten minutes at a time can have dramatic impacts on your health. This might mean getting up and dancing to your favorite music or taking brisk regular walks around the house. Or, it might mean something entirely different.
But, whatever you do, find your solutions.
Find the versions of self-care that work for you – whatever they happen to look like. And don’t worry about what others might think. Honestly, people judge each other for the weirdest things and you’re never going to please everyone. Focus on your situation and your needs instead.
Thanks for reading, as always.