When I read all the posts here, I feel so inspired. So many family caregivers sacrificing their time, efforts, and sanity every day to help provide dignified, loving care for their parents with Alzheimer's or dementia. I salute you all!
At the same time, I'm concerned. I hear the frustration and burn-out in many posts and want to ask: who's taking care of the caregivers? This topic is my passion, and one I blog about frequently.
If you don't put yourself at the top of the caregiving pyramid, you won't be able to provide good care for your loved one. I discovered this a few years ago, while caring for my dad after he was diagnosed with vascular dementia. I was running myself ragged and burning out quickly. I decided I had to re-arrange my priorities and put myself first, no matter how selfish it felt.
One of my own self-care strategies is to take a walk every day. Some days, I can only manage 15 minutes, but other days I can get in an entire hour. Just being outdoors and breathing the fresh air lifts my spirits.
What do you do for yourself each day to help avoid burnout?