Family caregiving can happen suddenly or as part of a crisis. It is often unpredictable.
Taking on the role of a caregiver often happens when life is already full and is squeezed into a busy life without letting anything else go. Caregiving can be one of the most rewarding gifts you can give to another person, while also being emotionally and physically demanding.
So, what exactly does self-care look like for a busy, multi-tasking caregiver? Self-care strategies are deeply personal and unique for each caregiver. However, all self-care practices have a common thread of knowing oneself. Self-care includes acknowledging how you feel and seeing and hearing yourself in the situation. It also includes identifying what comfort will meet your needs and then integrating any activity that creates a sense of well-being.
Taking Care of Yourself: Self-Care Strategies for Family and Friend Caregivers booklet shares self-care strategies such as self-awareness, self-compassion, creating connections, and personal supports and health dimension planning.
When reading the self-care booklet, take a moment to reflect on your personal self-care strategies. What will support you in this moment? It may be a long walk or a rest. Self-care can be calling a friend or saying ‘yes; or ‘no’ to a social event. Actively engaging in self-care practices can help meet your own needs, while supporting you to feel more grounded as you care for others.