“The capacity to care is the thing that gives life its deepest significance and meaning.”
– Pablo Casals; world-renowned cellist
In order to maintain that capacity to care for others, it’s essential that a carer receives any support necessary. Caregiving can trigger a multitude of emotions, sometimes negative. From anger, fear and resentment, to guilt, helplessness, and grief. It’s important to recognise and accept what you’re feeling, whether good or bad. Dealing with your feelings helps you take better care of yourself and that way, you can take better care of your loved ones.
Caring for a loved one can bring fulfilment – to both you, the caregiver, and to the person you’re caring for, when done in the right way. Being calm and relaxed and taking the time each day to really connect with the person you’re caring for can boost your mood, reduce stress, and trigger biological changes that improve your physical health. And it has the same effect on your loved one, too.
Take time to relax daily and learn how to regulate yourself and de-stress when you start to feel overwhelmed. One way to do this is by really connecting with the person you’re caring for.
Talk to someone
This will help you make sense of your situation and feelings. There’s no better way of relieving stress than spending time face-to-face with someone who cares about you.
Feed your spirit
Pray, meditate, or participate in another activity which makes you feel part of something greater. Try to find meaning in both your life and your role as a caregiver.
Make it a priority to meet other people on a regular basis. Nurture your close relationships. Don’t let yourself become isolated.
Do things you enjoy
Laughter and joy can help keep you going when you face trials, stress, and pain.
Maintain balance in your life
Don’t give up activities which are important to you, keep practising your hobbies, as this is indispensable time dedicated to yourself.
Get moving, even if you’re tired. Try to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times per week. Staying active is a great way to relieve stress and boost your energy.
Eating a balanced diet will help you cope with stress and get through busy days. Keep your energy up and your mind clear by eating nourishing meals at regular times throughout the day.
Get enough sleep
An average of eight hours of solid, uninterrupted sleep every night is essential. Otherwise, your energy level, productivity, and ability to handle stress will suffer.
Keep up with your own health care
Go to the doctor and dentist regularly, and keep up with your own check-ups prescriptions or medical therapy. Remember you need to stay as strong and healthy too.
Remember you can rely on Hila
If you’re feeling like you need the support, we recommend that you take advantage of our respite services. We understand that taking care of loved ones with disabilities can take its toll on a person.