I've been caring for my soon to be 93-year-old Grandfather for about a year and half now. In that time, I've learned a lot. It's been very hard at times and I've wanted to quit more often than I care to think about. I want to honor my Grandparents by keeping them in their home until they have both gone home to Jesus.
My Grandma is gone. This last year and half, I've grieved the loss of her on top of being a Caregiver. I never thought of myself as much of a patient girl until now. I know I'm a strong woman but I also know my limitations. I went from having one other Caregiver helping to two. He needs 24 hour care and it can be emotionally draining.
I exercise, eat healthy, supplement, try to get plenty of rest and spend time away. If I didn't do all these things on a regular basis, I wouldn't be able to do what I do without it taking a huge toll on my over all health and well-being. My Grandfather has dementia and gets mean so I need to be healthy; Body, mind and spirit.
Since I came back from my last vacation, it's been really difficult. I knew I needed to make a change. It was either change my schedule or quit. Sacrificing my health just isn't worth it. Honoring my Grandparents is worthy but not to the point of sacrificing my personal health. When we're doing all we can do to take great care of ourselves and it's not working, it's time to make a change. I changed my work schedule and set some boundaries with him. The change happened this week and I'm already feeling much better.
If you're in a job or situation that is demanding on you physically, mentally or spiritually, you have to make sure you take great care of yourself. If you find you're doing all you can do but it isn't working, it's time to make a change. So what do you do?
1. Know your limitations and be positive about them.
2. Exercise, eat healthy, supplement, rest, and play.
3. Set healthy boundaries.
4. Eliminate energy drainers.
5. Make necessary changes to ensure you are a priority.
If you find you don't have time for yourself, make the time. You can't give what you don't have. Taking great care of yourself enables you to take great care of others and sends a message about how you want to be cared for.
You're Worth It!