The longer I do this work the more I see evidence of a simple fact: Caregivers need extra support.
Caregiving takes many forms. For example: having a child; taking in aging parents; fostering puppies; looking after people with health issues; hearing stories of suffering people, working in the health field, etc.
Becoming a caregiver can bring significant joy and meaning.
However, it can also bring on anxiety, depression, isolation, relationship strife, fatigue, physical health issues, and burnout if extra support for yourself is not created at the time caregiving begins. You may not have been taught this. Your parent may have not demonstrated self-care whilst parenting. Your boss may not demonstrate self-care while managing.
It’s not your fault that you don’t know this information. I didn’t know it when I first became a parent either. But I’m happy I’ve learned and applied it and I’m a better mother, spouse, and counsellor for it. And I’m happy to share this information with you now.
The more people and responsibility we take on, the more extra support we need for ourselves to function in the same healthy way.
Look after yourself so you can be the best parent, daughter, manager, counsellor, etc.
Support can come in many ways. Just having someone take care of you for 1 hour- whether it is by receiving counselling, massage therapy, or other treatments- can make a world of difference in how you see the world. Feel resentment slip away as you get some much needed support just for YOU.
I look forward to supporting you as you take on the meaningful work of caregiving. Email me or book online to start this journey towards becoming the best version of yourself you can be.
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