Self Care vs. Sacrifice

Throughout my career as a coach and consultant I’ve talked to a number of people who have subscribed to the idea of Self Sacrifice being the equivalent of being a good caregiver.  For some, the idea of putting self first seems wrong and appears selfish. 

Putting your loved one’s needs before your own may seem like the natural thing to do.  However, it negates the most important person in the equation, YOU.  Self care affords you the internal resources to garner whatever it is you may need along the caregiving journey.  It positively impacts your mental, emotional and spiritual well being.  It stimulates better rest and greater patience and understanding.

Self Care is about setting an intention and deciding that you must be the priority in your own life in order to provide the best possible care for your loved one. 

It doesn’t have to be complicated – Start with small steps –

  • ·         Daily Devotion, Prayer or Meditation
  • ·         A 30 minute walk in the neighborhood
  • ·         Lunch with a friend
  • ·         Listen to your favorite music
  • ·         Dance, Take a Nap, Read a book, Journal, Call someone that you love to talk to

Self Care is a conscious decision that good caregivers make on a daily basis.