Self-care for Family Caregivers: Reframing what this means
Updated: Feb 19
Caregivers are frequently told to practice self-care. Friends, family, and online articles consistently say “you can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself”. The reason so many caregivers struggle with self-care is that in reality, they are so busy DOING. They are caring, organizing, sorting through and hunting down resources, there simply isn’t much time left for self-care. The idea of a weekend off or a mini-vacation doesn’t feel realistic. Better to wait until you can take significant time off and really recoup, right?
In Robin Week’s work as a Caregiver Consultant, she helps caregivers reframe the concept of taking a break for self-care. She will guide caregivers in putting plans in place and creating a caregiving team so taking breaks is more realistic. Breaks can be as simple as sitting down with a friend to talk about your worries and feelings. This goes a long way in the self-care journey, because you unpack emotions, process them, feel heard and validated, and can take some big, long breaths. This is especially true if your friend has experiences as a caregiver as well.
Creating a caregiving team is another impactful tool to provide self-care. Building an inner circle of family and friends to be a part of your caregiving journey allows the opportunity to delegate tasks, find emotional support, and hold you accountable for your self-care time. Creating this team can sometimes be as simple as reframing how you look at the loved ones around you. Robin has helped so many caregivers do this.
Overwhelmingly, the primary barrier to self-care is time. Time is the currency that allows the opportunity to balance all the doing in the caregiving role. Finding time means taking a purposeful approach to planning. We all know too well that time doesn’t just reveal itself, we have to hunt for it. Consider working with someone that can guide you through this planning process. Robin also has phenomenal resources that help caregivers reflect on their biggest challenges and establish a plan for overcoming barriers to self-care. Visit her site to learn more!
The key to self-care for caregivers is that you have to make it happen. You have to make a purposeful effort. This will require some reframing of what self-care looks like and how you utilize the people around you. You may also need to reflect on the best ways you recharge your battery so your self-care time is maximized. If you are struggling to navigate the self-care waters, find some help! We can connect you with some wonderful people. Feel free to reach out to us or Robin.
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