Being a caregiver means you care for or love a person enough to ensure they do not go through this moment alone. Being a caregiver can be challenging to take on sometimes. Often it is a long journey. It does not matter if the person is family or not. However, it is rewarding. Find the good in everything the person does or isn't able to do.
Would you want to be left alone when you need someone the most? Would you like to be mistreated? Neither does the person who is being cared for. No one wants to be in a position to need care constantly.
As a caregiver, you must take care of yourself and have self-care routines and prayers readily available.
Here are some scriptures to help you along this journey.
Matthews 6: 34
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
"I lift my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."
"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."
"Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did it for Me."
Now, here are some simple self-care tips.
Take a relaxing bath or shower while the person you care for sleep.
Take five minutes to listen to your favorite song after the person you are caring for has eaten.
Read one chapter in a book by your favorite author.
Once a month, go to a spa for a massage for one hour and have lunch. During this time, you may have to call in someone for help.
Take two minutes to pray with the person you care for; it's hard to be stressed after prayer.
Being a caregiver of two with my challenges is not easy, but God is with us all. A positive attitude is vital to making anything in life easier.
" Be kind to everyone, you never know who you will need." - Alston Shropshire