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The 3 Biggest Mistakes Family Caregivers Make. Mistake #1: Not Taking Care Of Yourself


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Are you the family caregiver that makes sure the kids get to school and to their activities? Are you the family caregiver with a full time job? Are you the family caregiver with the cooking, cleaning, laundry and other household chores? Are you the family caregiver checking on your aging loved one? Are you the family caregiver doing chores for your aging loved one? Are you the family caregiver without time for yourself? If so, you’re in good company. Family caregivers often get so wrapped up in taking care of others that family caregivers forget to take care of themselves.

Yet, taking care of yourself is the single most important family caregiver activity you can do. Wait you say, taking care of myself is not a family caregiver activity. Wrong.

Not taking care of yourself is the biggest mistake family caregivers make. Taking care of you is the single most important family caregiver activity you can perform.

Yes, taking care of yourself is the single most important thing you can do for your aging loved one because you literally cannot be an attentive caregiver to your aging parents or other aging loved one if you are worn down, sick, distracted or otherwise unable to attend to your family caregiver role.

So, it means family caregivers need to take care of themselves first. It’s just like you’re instructed to do on the airplane, “put your oxygen mask on first, before helping children, the disabled, or persons requiring assistance.”

You need to take care of yourself first. Then take care of your loved one.

You will be a better family caregiver if you are relaxed and focused. A relaxed, focused presence requires that you take care of yourself.

I love the Caregiver Golden Rule: “Care for myself as I care for others.”  ~Jane Meier Hamilton, Founder of Partners on the Path.

Do you, can you, live by the Caregiver Golden Rule and care for yourself just like you would care for others? Don’t know how?

Join me tomorrow when I share a secret or two on how to take better care of yourself so you can be there to take care of your aging loved one.

Do you already do some things to take care of yourself? Please share your self-care tips here so others can learn and benefit from your experience in caring for yourself so you can care for your aging loved one. Thanks.

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