October 15, 2015 | The Mighty
by Rachel Kassenbrock
Caregiving can be a complicated job. Whether you’re a loved one or a medical professional, the experience is often exhausting and frustrating. But it can also be joyful and deeply rewarding.
The Mighty wanted to hear about the intricacies of being a caregiver from the people who do it every day. So we reached out to The Caregiver Space, a community of past, present and future caregivers. The group asked its readers on Facebook to share one secret about being a caregiver.
Here’s what we learned:
1. “Take time to do something nice for yourself, even if it’s something simple. A hot bath, a long walk… do whatever replenishes you. Don’t let your well run dry. You can’t be an efficient caregiver if you’re mentally and emotionally drained all the time. Learn to keep your well full with good things. It helps you deal with the ups and downs of caregiving.” — Marian Mengedoht
2. “Seek help early for both yourself and the one you are caring for.” — Lorne Sobczyk
Read more here.
For more resources for caregivers or to connect with other caregivers, visit The Caregiver Space.