November is National Caregivers Month and I’m here to say thank you to everyone who is, or who has been, a caregiver. Whether as a profession or for a family member, being a caregiver is often very difficult and draining work. In-between all of that caring for others, make sure you are doing all you can to take care of yourself. Start with a positive affirmation right now! What is one thing you really like about yourself? Say it to yourself, and remind yourself throughout the day.
The Caregiver Action Network has a great little article that outlines things that caregivers can do to keep themselves well, mentally and emotionally. Their acronym “Respite” (R-E-S-P-I-T-E) has some great suggestions on things you can do for yourself.
Take a look at this article on The Huffington Post, part of their series “Unsung Heroes.” As a caregiver, you really are a hero! Think about all of the different things you do for your loved ones and clients every day, and remind yourself that even if they can’t express it: the person(s) you’re caring for are grateful.
Thank you for all you do!