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Balancing Life as a Caregiver : The Art of Not Forgetting

Updated: Jun 27, 2023


Équilibrer sa vie en tant que proche aidant : L'art de ne pas s'oublier

Yes! It's an art, precious 😊

If you have ever been on a plane, in case of an emergency, we are always told to put on our own oxygen mask before helping others to do so. When we care about someone, it's natural to want to help them thrive and ensure their safety. But it's also important for you to do the same for yourself. We often tend to forget our own needs while taking care of others. It's important to take the time to listen to your body and mind. Are you willing to help others? Are there boundaries you should set? You can't save everyone, but by taking care of yourself, you will be better able to take care of others.


Being a caregiver is a noble and rewarding task

but it can also be exhausting and emotionally demanding. When we care for a loved one, it's easy to get absorbed in their needs and concerns to the point of forgetting ourselves. However, it's essential to recognize that in order to be an effective caregiver and continue to provide quality support, we must also take care of ourselves.


First and foremost, it's important to give yourself permission to take time for yourself. It may seem counterintuitive when we are busy helping someone else, but in reality, it allows us to recharge and replenish our own batteries. Find moments in your day where you can give yourself a break, even if it's just for a few minutes. It can be as simple as sitting quietly with a cup of tea, reading, taking a short walk outside, practicing relaxation exercises, or any other activity that brings you joy. 😊


Seeking support

Don't be hesitant to ask for help. You are not alone in this situation. Join support groups or online communities where you can share your experiences, get advice, and receive comfort from others who are going through similar situations. Talking about your challenges and emotions can be extremely liberating and help you find new solutions or perspectives, especially since caring for a loved one can involve several challenges when it comes to:


  • Emotional burden: Caring for a loved one can be emotionally challenging, especially if the person has a chronic illness or physical disability. Caregivers may experience sadness, anxiety, frustration, exhaustion, and other difficult emotions to manage.

  • Physical burden: Caring for a loved one can also be physically demanding. Caregivers may have to assist their loved one with getting up, going to bed, eating, bathing, dressing, moving around, and other tasks that can be physically exhausting.

  • Financial burden: Caring for a loved one can be costly. Healthcare, medications, medical equipment, home modifications, transportation, and other costs can add up quickly.

  • Time burden: Caring for a loved one can be very time-consuming. Caregivers may have to give up their work, social life, and leisure activities to take care of their loved one.

  • Social isolation: Caregivers may also feel socially isolated as they have little time for their own friends and family or because they are too busy or tired to engage in social activities.

  • Lack of support: Caregivers may not have enough support from their family, friends, employer, or the community in general.

  • Burnout: Caring for a loved one can be exhausting, leading to burnout. Caregivers may feel overwhelmed, stressed, and depleted, which can affect their own mental and physical health.


Caregivers should aim for balance!

Remember that taking care of yourself is not selfish but essential! It allows you to better serve others and enables you to be more resilient and strong in the face of the challenges you will encounter as a caregiver.

Finally, don't forget that you deserve support and love. Don't neglect the relationships that are important to you, whether it's your spouse, children, friends, or other family members. Take the time to nurture these connections, express your needs and emotions, and ask for their support when needed. You are a precious and important individual, and it's essential to remember that your well-being matters just as much as the person you are caring for.


In summary, the art of not forgetting yourself as a caregiver lies in the ability to balance your responsibilities with your own needs. By taking care of yourself, you will be able to provide more effective and loving support to your loved one. You deserve to be happy and fulfilled, so don't neglect your own well-being in your noble mission of helping others.


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