If you are a caregiver, it’s very easy to find yourself ignoring your own needs. You always feel that somebody else’s needs are more overwhelming and require immediate attention than yours. Do you often feel selfish when you attend to your own needs first? You are not! The reality is that if you do not take good care of yourself first, it will be impossible for you to be effective in your job. Think about it – if your emotional and physical reserves are compromised, will you take care of someone else properly and effectively? Below are reasons why caregivers should make time for self-care.
Martyrdom is over-rated
Although helping others (especially the sickly and elderly) is an essential duty that cannot be ignored, it doesn’t mean that your life isn’t important. You don’t need to suffer or sacrifice your well-being and happiness for the sake of others. What kind of assistance will you offer if you are sick or unhappy?
Your happiness and health depends on this
One of the most surprising things about humanity is the way we sacrifice our health to make money. We then sacrifice the money to recuperate our health. To make the matters worse, we become so anxious about the future and forget to enjoy the present. So, when will you live if you neither live in the present or future? Don’t make the same mistake by living as if you will never die because you will die even before you can really live. Take care of yourself no matter how busy you are; your health and happiness depend on it.
It’s impossible to offer what you do not have
What will you give if you start offering your caregiving services when you are exhausted and run down? It will be impossible for you to offer quality services. But, when you take good care of yourself by eating well, nurturing yourself, exercising, and taking time out to relax or have fun you’ll be happier and healthy. Then, you’ll have much to give.
Ignorance isn’t bliss
Stress, burnout, and exhaustion never equate to good results or personal effectiveness. By ignoring your needs, you will end up causing more harm than good to yourself and those who are close to you like your clients and family.
You are worth it
Even if you devote your time and strength to take care of others, you deserve the same kind of care, love, and belonging. Take time out and try embracing your vulnerabilities. You experience a lot while working and its best to talk about it. By exploring the darkness, you will discover your inner strength and light; traits that will help you become a better caregiver.
Nurture and love yourself more – if you don’t, who will?