Self-Care for the Burnt-Out Caregiver

Most of you know the ole saying, “You can’t pour out of an empty glass!” As a family caregiver, this statement is often overlooked and brushed aside until the glass is actually empty and the primary caregiver has nothing left.  

If you’re caring for your loved one, whether it’s your mom, dad, or spouse, it’s important for you to take care of yourself…first!  

This reminds me of the pre-flight announcements when the flight attendants say,  

“Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Please place the mask over your own mouth and nose first before assisting others.” 

Why do they say that? What could possibly be wrong with helping others first? 

In the case of an emergency, without our oxygen mask, you could quickly lose consciousness. If you don’t make putting your own mask on the first priority, then you won’t even have the opportunity to help others!  

As family caregivers, if you don’t make self-care a top priority, you won’t have the energy and the strength to truly care for your loved ones.  

When your batteries are low, you need to rest and recharge, so rather than thinking you can do it all it’s important to recognize when you need to take a break and ask for help.  

However, if you wait until the glass is empty then it’s too late. Therefore, scheduling time to take a break is an essential key to keeping your glass full.  

This is why it’s important to utilize services such as in-home care or adult day care so you can take the break you deserve to rest, run errands or visit with friends.   

Knowledge is power and having a support team around you is imperative for every family caregiver.  

If you are caring for your mom, dad, spouse, or a loved one, we are here to help! Receive a FREE copy of Florida’s 5-Step Guide to Senior Care by simply calling our senior care expert hotline at 941-676-3411. 

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