Providing daily care for an ill, injured or disabled loved one, while also juggling your other responsibilities at home and work, is a challenging balancing act. The constant demands on your time and attention can be mentally and physically draining. The lack of boundaries between your roles as a caregiver and a partner, child or other loved one may become blurred. You may feel as though you shouldn’t burden anyone else, resulting in unrealistic expectations that you need to do it all without help.
Not surprisingly, finding time to focus on yourself can seem like a low priority. However, you cannot give to others what you don’t have yourself. The investment you make in your emotional wellbeing is truly part of the caregiving you provide. Everyone in your life, and in particular the loved one for whom you provide care, will benefit from your sustained or renewed energy, focus and mindset.
The SupportLinc flash course, Caregiver Stress, helps you recognize when you need a break from caregiving, explores ways to destress and shares resources to allow others to assist you with care. Watch the short video now.
SupportLinc Can Help.
For confidential guidance, resources and referrals to help you maintain your health and wellbeing as a caregiver, contact SupportLinc by selecting an icon from the Access Bar above or by calling 1-888-881-5462. Licensed clinicians are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for in-the-moment support at no cost to you.