Saturday, October 11, 2008

Taking care of the Caregiver

Hello dear friends, The last few posts have been submitted as snags from emails I get from friends. They make me giggle...the snags and my friends...so I posted them here. It's been an exhausting time for me as I care for my daughter and her newborn, my mother, and try to be an attentive girlfriend to my boyfriend and my girlfriends. No one expects me to do all that I do, but they are grateful, and I am content as it is who I am, Caregiver. However, even the Caregiver needs nurturing after a while and this is the time I choose to do so. I gave my mother and my daughter notice that the coming week is about caring for myself. They lovingly agreed and will seek assistance from other family members, if needed. So what will I do with my time now that it is not spent caring for others? I plan to meet girlfriends for lunch or dinner, go to a Peter Nero Pops Concert with my boyfriend, sleep late if I want to, take a nap if I want to, walk around in my pajamas all morning until noon if I want to, knit, read, sit and enjoy the Fall in Pennsylvania as the leaves are changing and it is a beautiful sight. In other words, I will allow my spirit to rejuvenate so I can remain strong for myself and others. I am so proud of myself for taking care of myself. This sense of empowerment gives me great inner strength and reinforces my thinking that I am deserving of such "selfishness". After all, not only do I benefit from caring for myself, but others reap the rewards as well.

8 comments:

Stuart said...

Good for you i hope you get your batteries recharged

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Hope you have a great rejuevinating week :o)

Jan said...

I am so pleased you are giving yourself some me time ,well done ,'read knit sit' I can relate to that lol and yes those you care for will benefit ..love Jan xx

a corgi said...

its good that you realized you needed to take care of yourself and to build time into your schedule to do so; so many people caregiving don't see that and think they have to do it all and then get tired and burnt out

I hope you enjoy your week; sounds like you have some fun things planned

betty

Beth said...

Good for you, both for realizing that you need your renewal time, and then for taking the time to do it!

Enjoy your week--we'll look forward to hearing about some of your adventures. Perhaps a few Chardonnay-fueled ones...? ;)

Beth

Lucy said...

Yes, it is important to take care of the caregiver. I know from experience. Just take care of yourself. Lucy

Missie said...

Every one needs some "me" time.

Janie said...

We do seem to not take time for ourselves. Glad you are getting some "me" time. Blessings, Janie