Aug 24, 2018 by Nancy Hmieleski, RN, BSN Director of Nursing
In video games, you always want to level up to earn more points and to get further in the game. Leveling up as a caregiver can do some of the same things for you, even if there aren't actual points involved.
Take Care of You First
This might not sound right at first, but you really do need to take care of yourself first. If you're not doing that, you're going to run out of time and energy to take care of you. Once that happens, you're not going to be able to take care of your aging adult or anyone else. If this makes you uncomfortable, give it a try for a little while. You'll see that you have more energy and you're better able to take care of everyone that you love.
Ask for Help Before You Need It
Part of taking care of yourself involves making sure that you've got help in place when you need it. To truly level up as a caregiver, though, you need to become adept at lining up help and asking for assistance before you're in dire need of help. That way, if you're having trouble finding someone who can help, you're not strapped yet.
Build a Network for Yourself
The best caregivers have a support network that they've established for themselves. Yours might include friends, neighbors, other family members, and other caregivers you've met at a support group. If you've got a network that has a great deal of variety to it, you'll have a wide range of different types of help and support. This is going to help you to weather all of the different storms that will come your way as a caregiver.
Remember that Being a Caregiver Is Only Part of Who You Are
You're not one-dimensional. You're a person who has a full life and all sorts of interests, hobbies, and responsibilities. Being a caregiver is only a fraction of who you are. If you're spending all of your time on caregiving and related tasks, that's not serving the whole person that you are. You need to have time for yourself and for the rest of who you are.
Being a caregiver isn't a competition, so do try to avoid comparing yourself to other caregivers. Everyone's caregiving situation is different and if you get too deep into comparing yourself with other caregivers is only going to unnecessarily complicate your life.
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