When something happens to someone we love, whether it’s catching a cold, a sprained ankle, a chronic or critical illness, we take care of them, and whether we recognize it or not, we become caregivers.
Caring for family is something many of us do quite naturally, after all, it’s the right thing to do, isn’t it? But when that caregiving extends for a longer period of time than a few days or weeks, it impacts the carer in ways that they never imagined.
At first, it seems manageable, but over time the extra tasks in the day, trips to the doctor or pharmacy, special diets, and physical needs add up. So does time lost from work, time away from other family and friends, and activities that you usually do for self-care.
In the middle of a pandemic? Even a trip to the grocery store or doctor for something small can be traumatic, and there is always the fear of bringing something home with you, so you become even more isolated, and anxiety rises.
Caregiving by the numbers
- There are an estimated 40 million people in the United States at this moment caring for family or friends.
- 7 million more families of those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are at home or in the hospital where the carer cannot visit.
- Thousands of carers are unable to actively advocate or care for those they love due to COVID isolation at hospitals and care centers around the country.
- The carers of over 100,000 who identify as “Long Haulers” those who have “recovered” from the disease, yet have a dizzying number of long-term symptoms requiring care.
- It’s easy to see there are a LOT of people taking care of family and friends right now, maybe you’re even one of them?
The unfortunate – and often overlooked – reality with caregiving is that it’s highly likely that the caregiver’s own wellbeing is suffering. In fact, the statistics show that long-term caregiving causes emotional and physical harm if not addressed.
So what now?
I know about the challenges of caregiving first hand, and how hard it can be to make time for yourself. I know what happens when you don’t take time too!
It took me way too long to learn how to manage my busy life while caring for the person I loved and to finally come to realize that I really could do it and not totally lose myself in the process.
When I started my journey as a caregiver, I struggled through working with the medical team, juggling family time and work, and trying to get a handle on my own reactions to all that was going on. It didn’t always go well. That was the beginning of my studies in mindfulness and the importance of self-care in being the best caregiver and human being.
My book, When Life Hits the Fan was just the start of my sharing what I’ve learned to help others. Since then, I’ve studied with some amazing teachers and learned to be resilient, less reactive, and how to care for myself as well as those I love. It’s been an amazing journey and I’m offering a new course for caregivers to help you see how you can take care of your own self as well as those you love.
I’m offering this course for you to discover (as I have):
- How being mindful isn’t woo-woo at all. The techniques I teach are backed by scientific evidence, and they fit into your daily life with ease.
- How a mindful approach helps us see where we are holding ourselves back from a full life.
- To become more resilient, able to roll with the punches, and keep your sanity at the same time.
- How micro-dosed mindfulness can radically change the way you feel about your day-to-day and find the happiness that feels missing right now.