Calling All Caregivers!

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How do I describe the roll of a Caregiver?

  • Daunting
  • Exhausting
  • Tiresome
  • Lonely
  • Fearful
  • Uncertain
  • Questionable
  • Worrisome

These adjectives all come across as negatives, yet they are real concerns for the Caregiver.

Are there any positives as a Caregiver?

  • Love
  • Faith
  • Advocate
  • Helper
  • Teacher
  • Confidante
  • Playmate
  • Purpose
  • Knowledge
  • Humorous
  • Inspiring
  • Caring
  • Blessed

While you may have more ideas of what describes a Caregiver’s roll, for me, the positives out weigh the negatives. Of course, there were many times I didn’t feel like there were any positives as a caregiver. However, looking back and assessing all those years of caregiving, I can clearly see so many positive times.

Isn’t it common when you’re in the midst of the storm all you see are the black clouds and terrential downpours? Eventually the sun does come out and when it does there’s a fresh new sense; the air is clearer, we can take a deep breath without feeling suffocated.

What is it you do to clear the fog and begin a fresh new day? Here are some things that worked for me:

  • Prayer/meditation
  • Journaling
  • Talking to other caregivers
  • Taking a walk or hike
  • Listening to music I love
  • Reading a fiction novel
  • Dancing
  • Spending time with a close friend(s)

The above activities are what helped get me through as a caregiver and here’s why it did:

  • Prayer was monumental for me and helped me through every single situation (really!).
  • Journaling was the most therapeutic exercise ever. I highly recommend trying this.
  • Talking to others who were in the same position as I was proved extremely helpful in so many ways.
  • Walking/hiking in the woods or along a quiet road always gave me a sense of calm. Nature has a way of reaching deep into the soul to calm us.
  • Listening to music of different genres that I love helped me think of different times in my life before becoming a caregiver.
  • Reading a fictional novel let me escape for a little while from “real” life; no thinking needed.
  • Dancing was, and still is, a form of expression releasing endorphins to stimulate and help me feel good and stay healthy.
  • Friends, close friends, are always there for you, no questions asked, no judging, just good listeners.

In past posts I’ve tried to express the importance of taking care of YOU, the Caregiver, in order to function every day, month or year. Whatever your idea is of finding a release to keep you moving and functioning, make sure you follow through with it. There’s no guilt or shame in taking care of yourself. You will become a stronger Caregiver for it.

A favorite scripture of mine in Isaiah was reassuring. I hope to encourage you with this verse as well.