• Beth Gibbs

Essential Self-Care For Caregivers

“Self-care is how you take your power back.”

― Lalah Delia

The best and most important way to jump-start your self-care routine is to manage your stress levels.

A certain amount of stress is normal and necessary. If we didn’t experience positive stress every second of the day, we wouldn’t breathe, our bodies wouldn’t function, and our brain would stop working. Healthy stress keeps us alive –pure and simple. Unhelpful stress, on the other hand,is any event that interferes with our peace of mind and well-being on the physical, mental and emotional levels.

As a caregiver you are familiar with the stress that comes along with the role you have chosen or that has chosen you. Even the most resilient people feel the strain that accompanies taking care of others.

According to the Mayo Clinic about 1 in 3 adults in the US provides care to other adults as informal caregivers. I’m sure that is also true for those providing caregiver services to children and youth.

The Mayo Clinic provides these signs of caregiver stress:

  • Feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried

  • Feeling tired often

  • Getting too much sleep or not enough sleep