Does it seem like things are unraveling? The pressures of daily life seem to be mounting even as we stand still. Parents care for children, grandchildren and their own parents within multigeneraltional households.
These multigeneraltional families are the norm throughout the world outside of the United States. Yet within the United States, the stresses of multilevel caregiving can seem a daunting challenge.
As we move within the different roles of our lives during the day, we may tend to focus on others mindfully. By that I mean, we purposefully think about what others in our care need. Then we try with our best efforts to supply those needs, be they material, nutritional or emotional.
Where are you on your do do list? In the doing for all of those we care for, do you leave out care of yourself?
I used to work with elders managing in-home services to forestall the need to live in an assisted living facility or a nursing home. Time and time again I witnessed caregivers expend themselves in the care of their loved ones. Their focus was so myopic on caring for the family member they lost sight of the great need to care for themselves. Even in some instances the caregiver expired before the one they were caring for.
We leave each other's company in the south by saying "Take Care". That is not an idle phrase. It means be safe in your comings and goings, be good to yourself.
One of the best ways today to be good to yourself is to eat nutritionally. Yes we are all busy. You feed those you care for the foods that will nurture healing, don't you? So, how much more do the ones you care for deserve a strong and well caregiver?
Be good to yourselves. Eat well and Take Care.