Self Care for the Caregiver
Posted by Rosemary Morris
"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." - Viktor Frankel
My husband Victor Morris and I have years of experience working in special education, community mental health, and wellness. However, most of our experience on the topic of understanding caregiver stress comes from personal experiences. Early in life, we both witnessed loved ones in caregiver roles as Vic's mother was seriously ill when he was in grade school, and my sister was born with medical issues and developmental disabilities. Those early experiences were profound and made us who we are today. But our caregiver experiences didn't end there, and we both pursued professions which sometimes could tax us and deplete our energies.
We understand very well that parenting (especially children with special needs), taking care of ailing loved ones or working in care giving professions can sometimes cause us to forget our own self-care.
The good news is we can learn how to support health and wellness by recognizing the signs of caregiver burnout. More importantly, finding one's strengths can help to create a personal wellness plan that is designed to your specific needs.
In this recently recorded a radio show (link below), Vic and I go into detail about our personal stories related to caregiving. We also define and describe symptoms of burnout as we identify potential "roadblocks." Finally, we discuss building positive energy and thriving during times of caregiver (or any) stress.
It is our deeply personal reflection on witnessing caregiving as children, becoming caregivers ourselves and supporting others in the role of caregiver. To be human is to be able to rise above our current situation, grow from it, and inspire those around us to do the same. Please listen and share, it is our hope that you will find it meaningful in your life, or in the life of a friend or loved one.