What can I do to feel better about being a caregiver? I am overwhelmed with emotions during this difficult time caring for my mother. Sometimes I feel very self-sufficient and happy while caring for her, and other times I experience guilt at not being there or get completely run down. Can you help me learn how to balance all of this?

Asked by: Michele Trice |Posted on: November,24 | Viewed: 338 times

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Caregiving can be such a burden, regardless of how much you love the person you are caring for. It takes a lot of physical and emotional energy to care for another human being as they age. Start by acknowledging these facts and give yourself some credit; your mother is lucky to have someone so caring by her side. 


To maintain a good balance, you must start with yourself. Make sure you are getting enough sleep every night, and nourish your body with food that will sustain it and keep your energy levels high. You may be interested in our Pinterest Page "Food for Thought" that's full of healthy and filling suggestions: https://www.pinterest.com/seniorly/food-for-thought/ 

It's also important to make sure you are getting exercise during the week, even if it's just a 30 minute jog or swim. Exercise will help alleviate some of the emotional stress that's put on you as a caregiver, and also give you more energy to approach the day clear-headed and happy. 

Essential oils can also be a great way of calming your nerves when you are busy and on-the-go. In particular, spreading peppermint oil on the neck or wrists can have a cooling, calming affect on the body. It has also been proven to help relieve stomach upset and nausea. Additionally, sniffing a bottle of lavender oil can eliminate nervous tension in the body and help circulation. 

If you would like more information, our Pinterest page "Caregiver Support" is full of helpful information for navigating the difficulties of the caregiving role: https://www.pinterest.com/seniorly/caregiver-support/ 

All the best, 
The Seniorly Team


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