Balancing Caregiving and Your Own Needs
The saying, ”you can’t pour from an empty cup,” couldn’t ring more true.
There’s a fine line between helping others and experiencing burnout. And this doesn’t just apply to caregiving. I have a tendency to put others’ needs before my own and have experienced the repercussions of it. In some ways, if I don’t put myself first and tend to my own needs, I end up doing a disservice to not only myself but to others too.
I currently don’t have caregivers coming during the pandemic, so my mother has added greater responsibility to her plate. She is more than happy to help, but I can tell sometimes she gets overwhelmed between taking care of the house, herself, and me.
I try to encourage her to go for a daily walk while my dad is available to help in between work meetings. I also ask her to do things like watch a show or lay in the sun with me— anything to get her to pause and recharge her batteries.
As caregivers, how do you manage this balance?