Caregiving can be hard work. Anyone who has cared for a small child, a friend with a chronic condition, or a parent with a life-threatening illness knows that it requires patience and kindness and can, at times, stretch us beyond our capacity.
Even the most resilient people can experience overwhelming stress when caregiving is constant.
Signs that your wellbeing is suffering include constant worrying, feelings of overwhelm, irritation, not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much.
You can put your own oxygen mask on by accepting help and staying connected with others. It's amazing how important validation and support are when you find yourself in a difficult situation.
If a friend offers to bring you coffee, accept. If a family member asks to provide backup care so you can take a shower, accept. And if someone offers to bring groceries or deliver dinner, accept.
And notice how it feels.
How do you take care of yourself when you are caring for others?