Caring for another person in the final stage of their life is one of the biggest honors one can have. With that honor comes immense responsibility, exhaustion, and the need for self-care.
According to this article, these are 5 essential self-care methods to help caregivers:
1. Take a break.
Go for a walk, meditate, get some sleep, eat a comforting meal, or go get a quick pedicure/massage.
2. Stay organized.
-Keep important documents where you know you can find them, maintain a calendar, meal plan, and keep a running list of things that need to get done, or things you might need help with.
3. Reach out for support.
Let family, friends, support groups, or other individuals in your network help you in any way you might need it.
4. Be open to asking for additional help.
Sometimes certain tasks might be out of your wheelhouse, and it's okay to seek out additional care.
5. Give yourself grace, and be kind to yourself.
Positive self-talk and encouragement are your best friends in situations like these.
If you practice these while taking care of others, it will guarantee a more positive experience for both you and your loved one/patient.