Are you thoroughly confused by all those metaphors yet? My point. If you are a carer you need to care for yourself as well. Emotional/ Mental wellbeing is just as important as Physical wellbeing and as carers this is a difficult subject to discuss with others. It makes sense to do exercises for your back or learn techniques to preserve your physical strength when assisting with transfers, hygiene, meal preparation and medications. For many of the 'older' carers out there - let's face it, the majority of us are over 30, over 50, over 60.. etc - emotional/ mental health is one of those 'we don't talk about that' topics. I'm not saying you have to shout it from the roof tops when you are having a bad day; in fact, you would be standing on the roof a lot if you did that. I'm just saying, it isn't indulgent or silly to take time for your soul as well as your body and mind. Here are some quotes that help me to stay calm and carry on (so to speak).
"You can do anything.... but you cannot do everything!"
"Caring is being there, even when you want to be somewhere else."
"What's comin' will come and we'll meet it when it does." - Hagrid from the Harry Potter Series
"You cannot pour from an empty cup, look after yourself first."
You might also like to check out my new Pinterest Board devoted to CARING.
Everything really will be okay.