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What did you do after seeing your aging loved ones this Thanksgiving?
Did you walk away going, “Oh, how am I going to help them, they clearly need it?!”
Did you say to yourself, “I really don’t want my life to change if I take this on…….” And then immediately the guilt kicks in?
Or, did you dive into taking care of your aging loved one and are now exhausted, frustrated and wondering………..what about me?
All normal things to feel and to think.
Something else to consider – what are you doing to take care of yourself?
Whether you are thinking about how you are going to care for an aging loved one or are in the thick of it – answer this question – what are you doing to take care of yourself?
This is an important question.
I’ve seen caregivers hospitalized because of the symptoms of stress due to caring for their loved one.
I know caregivers that have died because they did not take care of themselves.
This is not something to play around with.
Plus, when you are taking care of yourself, your glass runneth over, as they say. Then you are able to give of that overflow to your aging loved one. It’s a win-win situation.
Post in the comments below – what are you doing to do to take care of yourself?