As a caregiver, your instinct is to try to fill every gap, every circumstance and every caregiving need yourself. However, the constant responsibilities and long hours can begin to take a toll on your well-being and lead to increased feelings of loneliness and isolation. You may begin to feel like you are losing yourself and who you once were.
In the new self-care resource video Understanding & Reducing Caregiving Loneliness, Cher Bergt (hospice volunteer & CarePoint facilitator) shares encouragement and steps you can take to lessen these unwanted feelings.
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Caring for your own needs will reap big rewards both for you and for the one you are caring for. Take the time to breathe and find a way to be with others. Try incorporating one or more of the following self-care strategies into your week this week.
- Plan a phone date or lunch date with a friend.
- Participate in CarePoint, our virtual support group for caregivers. Click here to learn more.
- Schedule a time each week or even each day for a family member, neighbor or friend to come over and sit with your loved one while you take a much needed break.
- Lean in to the valuable resource of hospice volunteers! A trained volunteer can sit with your loved one while you get fresh air, take a walk or go for a drive. Click here to learn more about hospice volunteers.
We are here for you. If you would like more information about self-care strategies, visit the Self-Care page or talk to a member of your care team.