Our priorities should come FIRST! We cannot help others if we cannot help ourselves.
In work – In business – In family – In life … We have to put ourselves FIRST. I too am a full-time worker and a full-time caregiver. So, I am going to shift a little bit today and bring caregiver to the front here … because becoming overwhelmed and not putting my priorities first have been a real real-life struggle for me.
I am a full-time caregiver to my mom. I have my children to raise and care for. I have to work a full-time job in order to pay the bills (mine and my moms). I am beginning this journey to a Time & Financial Freedom Lifestyle that will allow me to work from ANYWHERE on MY schedule!
According to the Family Caregiver Alliance in San Francisco, more caregivers are hospitalized due to burnout and stress-related illness than due to worsening medical conditions. The reason is clear: Caregivers tend to put themselves last.
It is so easy for caregivers to get lost in taking care of themselves and to become vulnerable to health risks.
Most people have seen or heard the airline flight attendant demonstrate the Air-Mask part of their pre-flight speech, right?
As instructed – one should put on their own mask before helping other. Thus, it should not surprise us that caregivers must take care of themselves first.
Signs of being overwhelmed:
Rx for the Overwhelmed:
List your needs
Ask for Help
Find a support group or community
It is very important to know our priorities! We must begin to put ourselves first. If not, who will take care of us? And in order for us to take care of others ~ we, ourselves, must be alright to do so, right?
some Resources for caregivers:
To provide an environment that promotes healthy communication and an opportunity for problem solving with
members of the family caregiving community.
Family Caregiver Alliance
Has an online support group for caregivers of brain-impaired adults.
Has a Support Center at which you can post your current struggle, journal pages, or a memory of your loved one.
Offers brochures and fact-sheets on issues including self-care and bereavement.
National Family Caregivers Association
Offers brochures on everything from self-care to bereavement.
Putting yourself First is just the beginning.
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