How often do you think about YOU, the Caregiver during the Holiday Season, let alone any day? Well, this Holiday Season, I want you to promise YOU, and if you feel guilty doing that, promise ME, that you will take some time for YOU! Think about it, if you don’t take care of YOU, who is, and then, who is going to take care of your loved one? YOU need to take care of YOU and need to now what it is that YOU need to revive yourself to take care of others. If you don’t take care of yourself, you get sick from the stress. Stress plays such a major role in illness it’s not funny. If we could learn to manage our stress, we could keep ourselves so much healthier. But, there is a thing called reality that tends to push our stress levels. What is your stress level this Holiday Season? Write a list of everything that you NEED to do this holiday season, and things you WANT to do this holiday. What can you delete out of the wants to come up with the needs? What can you take out of the needs to make it doable?
Once you have your list, think about who you can get to take care of your loved one so you can first, get these ‘NEEDS’ done, and also, to take some time out for yourself. What do YOU want to do this Holiday Season? Write down YOUR WANTS and then write down anyone you can think of that can take some time to help you out. If you have problems figuring this out, respond to this blog or email me and I will try to help you figure something out. YOU need this time to do something for yourself. The better you feel, the better your loved one will feel. They can feed off your energy, positive or negative and react in the same way. The calmer and more relaxed you are, the calmer and more relaxed they will be. There is no need to feel guilty about taking care of yourself! You are taking care of YOU for your loved one so you can be with them. So, do what YOU need to do.
Do you use essential oils? For yourself or for your loved one? Essential oils can calm you down and your loved one, like lavender. They can also give you and your love one some pep, some “oomph” such as peppermint. Try them in a diffuser and see how it helps. Take some time to take a bubble bath, light a candle and put some quiet, soothing music on. Take a little time and read a book that allows you to escape into the fantasy life and relax. Just try it. Meditate. It can take just 5 minutes. I know you can take at least 5 minutes. I was also a caregiver for my mother and I was able to take 5 minutes for ME.
So, please if not for yourself, for me, give yourself a little time for YOU. You deserve it. If you don’t do it for YOU, maybe nobody else will! If you need some help with this, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, for some coaching this Holiday Season.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! AND, YES, THEY CAN BE HAPPY! MAYBE NOT THE WAY IT USED TO BE, BUT A NEW KIND OF HAPPY WITH NEW TRADITIONS!