Happy Wednesday. As a caregiver we all know the responsibilities all too well. For me, my caregiving was minimal but over the last few days it's been full force. It came unexpected but had to be done. It required a shift in daily duties, late nights, early mornings and a tired body. How do you adjust when drastic changes occur? #letschat
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I wish I had a good answer for you, Nicole. You are right, often the tables turn when you don't expect it, and suddenly you have to step in and care for your loved one as they go through their health challenge. When the health event first occurs and my immediate attention is needed, I will focus on my mom's needs. Once I feel the situation is stable, I re-group and address my needs.
For me, it's making sure I take my vitamins, eat well, walk a bit, meditate, and get a good night's sleep. The more space I create for myself, the faster I can rest and re-energize.
Yes, this comes with the territory, unfortunately. I hope you've found time to rest and restore. Whenever this happens to me, I have to learn to let go of the need to control and shift to a mindset of "how can I support?" I try to be as empathetic as possible and understand that life happens - never how we plan it, but with the right attitude, we'll learn to navigate unexpected events successfully.