I know, I know, you try to chill with some time surfing the internet and you are bombarded with the 5 Things You Must Do and the 10 Things You Should Never Do and the 3 Things You Absolutely Must Stop Doing.
So many experts available to overhaul and repair our lives.
Bumped into a list this morning, but it’s good. It’s not loaded with absolute, must, always, never or any of that arrogance. Just four good ideas, especially if you’re not a caregiver but care about someone who is.
This one most resonated with me:
Time is the greatest gift. Many caregivers have told me that caregiving locks them into whirlwind daily routines of attending to others’ needs. Above all else, they miss time for themselves — to go to the salon or bank, read a book, clean the house or catch up on sleep. The greatest comfort you may offer is the gift of time. Offer to sit with care receivers while caregivers take a break. Pick up supplies for caregivers so they can stay home and relax. Try to make yourself available to listen as often as they need to vent.
Things you might consider small favors are solid gold to a caregiver. YOU just being around can be a gift. Even in the midst of a tornado of chores, an adult friend with whom to joke, whine, opinionate or otherwise have a peer level, non-care-giving interaction is a blessing.
Go check out the list of four suggestions. You’ll find you have a lot to give by just being you. And in caring for us caregivers, you are improving our peace, strength and focus to help those in our care.