Gentle Warriors: Ashu’s Perspective On Self-Care For Caregivers

In some or the other way, all of us are caregivers. Either to our ageing parents/in-laws or to someone who’s terminally ill…however, in the process of caregiving, we forget to take care of ourselves.” 

Simple self-care tips can take us a long way in the caregiving journey by helping us take better care of ourselves and therefore the patient. The definition of well-being given by WHO includes not just physical but all types of well-being. It talks about maintaining a balance and consistency in our daily routine as it helps us stay grounded.  Caregivers can follow 4 “tions” to maintain and improve their overall well-being
  1. Nutrition– As a caregiver, one may often neglect their nutrition or even meals completely. It is critical to have a well-balanced diet which provides you with all types of nutrients. 
  2. Medication– Often caregivers themselves have certain health concerns that need attention. However, while taking care of a loved one, , they may get overworked and forget about their own medications and health concerns. 
  3. Recreation– This is one of the most important and yet most neglected “tion” because caregivers often feel guilty if they take out time for themselves. It is very important for rest and rejuvenation.
  4. Meditation– Meditation gives us peace of mind. It is important to just sit quietly with oneself and to try to make peace with one’s thoughts. 

If you can identify with this story, please share it with others who care for someone and help them share too. The feeling of understanding, not being alone and access to support is what keeps caregivers going.  

Sharing your story helps understand yourself — feelings, passions, hopes. It lightens the load and offers relief from loneliness, anxiety, anger or guilt. Our experiences and hopes can benefit others – to know that the challenges are the same, learn new ways to cope and care… they aren’t alone but part of a team.

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