Self-care is one of those buzzwords that can conjure up images of relaxing bubble baths and weekend spa retreats. This is just another one of society’s misconceptions because, in reality, proper self-care doesn’t have to cost a dime. It’s also not just a trend- it’s a necessity!
Because you deserve to take care of yourself.
Despite its recent popularity, the concept of self-care is not new. If you think about it, there are lots of instances when we’re told to take care of ourselves first…like on an airplane.
You’re instructed to apply your oxygen mask first before helping others. Metaphorically speaking, there are probably lots of times in our daily lives when we forget about our own oxygen masks (the essentials and necessities to our wellness) because we’re too busy and focused on helping others.
Proper Self-Care Matters
Whether you are in the profession of caregiving or you’ve taken on the role of caring for a loved one, it is important to remember to recharge your batteries. When you give…and give….and give without ever taking time for yourself, your stress can lead to burnout.
You might start to notice things like weight gain, increased irritability, fatigue, or feelings of hopelessness. Add to that the additional pressures a lot of caregivers face like relationship problems, family conflict, and financial strain, and you have a sure recipe for burnout.
How To Take Care of Yourself
There are so many seasons of care in life! From brining home a newborn to helping care for an elderly parent, caregiving can look different at various stages of life but the need for proper self care remains the same.
The first thing you need to remember is that there’s no such thing as the perfect caregiver. You’re human, with feelings and emotions, and you’re going to get frustrated. It’s only natural. As a caretaker, embrace imperfection but lead with compassion for yourself and loved ones.
Don’t put unrealistic expectations upon yourself.
Speak kindly to yourself- your doing the best you can!