How often do you care for yourself as a caregiver? When last did you treat yourself right? I get it, sometimes we tend to care so much and in the process lose track of time but we shouldn’t neglect ourselves or our needs.
“As we embrace our passion and allow our strengths to grow, our confidence in our abilities will naturally grow as well”
I’m so tired, “one of my friends said recently. ” it seems like I’m always going and doing, but I never seem to finish everything before there’s more.”
I nodded in sympathy. It was a familiar refrain, one that I’ve heard many of my sister’s in Christ and colleagues utter over the years. Since I’ve become active in teaching and ministering to those who are living with pains, difficulties, illnesses, I’ve heard these words and others like them voiced by patients as well as by those who care for and about those patients.
In our fast-paced society we are continually been demanded more from, more results in less time and to expect more effort in spite of our depleted energy level, it is not uncommon for caregivers to become ill themselves.
Whether they become ill in spirit, emotion or body, the wear and tear of tending to others can eventually take its toll in a caregiver.
We must take care of ourselves.
Even as women nurture and build their own houses, they can lose sight of their own well being, which can be damaging not only to themselves but also to the houses they are striving to build up.
In the talks that I give to people suffering from any illness, I devote at least part of the time to their loved ones, asking questions to get their thoughts going.
“Do you take time to be still, be quiet and rest?”
“Do you take time to exercise?”
” Do you keep up with your doctor’s appointments?”
“Do you keep your skin healthy and nourished?”
“How often do you boost your skin’s health and appearance?”
“Do you have any outside interests or hobbies that can serve as outlets for your creativity and spirit in a positive and personal way?”
“When was the last time you did something nice for yourself?”
I ask these questions not to be critical, but to encourage loved ones to think about ways they can be stronger, more resilient and more spirituality comforted. It makes it easier for the one caring for them. When you’re taking care of someone who is ill or is otherwise dependent upon a caregiver for his or her needs, there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day.
However, taking time out to care for yourself is important. It’s part of the process of tending to the precious life God has given you. God can give you strength and peace as you seek His will in caring for your loved one. It can be an opportunity to grow in your relationship with him.
We women can be a tremendous source of support for our families and friends. We can care for physical needs, sooth furrowed brows and be an example of courage and hope to others, but we can also become bone-tired and unable to do any of these things effectively if we don’t prayerfully take time to be good stewards of our health and to spend quality time with God.
Let us remember to care for ourselves in the midst of our busy days. Let’s not put off our own well-being, but instead, nurture the lives God has given us as we seek to glorify him.
Grace and Love
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