Caregiver's Corner

Taking time and caring for ourselves is not selfish!

 

In fact, it is one of the most unselfish things we can do and not just for ourselves but for the ones that we are caring for. Seriously, how can we expect to have the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual energy necessary to care for another when we are not running on empty? The answer is — we can’t.

 

Think about it this way — our hearts pump blood to itself first before pumping to the rest of the body. What does that tell us?

 

ESSENTIAL OILS

 

One way we can take care of ourselves is through the use of essential oils.

 

Essential oils are so beneficial for so many things but none more than providing us with the feeling of peace and sense of being grounded. Essential oils are comprised of volatile compounds, which “evaporate quickly at room temperature.” * When “an aroma is inhaled, it travels to the olfactory system by way of the olfactory nerve so that it can be processed. The olfactory system is connected to the limbic system, a part of the brain where our emotions and memories are stored.”** (*The doTerra Essential Oil Chemistry Handbook by David K. Hill, D.C./**DoTerra Ebook: Emotional Benefits of Aromatherapy)

The process literally takes seconds for you to feel the benefits.

If you are interested to learn more about the positive effects essential oils can have on your life, simply call or email me and we’ll set up a time to talk.

 

 

To set up an appointment for a 1:1 essentials oil class (or if you know others who you think would also benefit from this information), please email me at staff@helpyouthru.com or feel free to call at (929) 276-2109.

 

CAREGIVING CONSULTING

 

It sounds incredibly judgemental to say, but unless someone has walked a mile in our shoes, they simply don’t understand, Respectfully, they don’t. And the result is that the caregiver feels even lonelier and more cut off than before trying to share with the co-worker, friend or family member. So, we isolate, which only makes matters worse.

So, another way we can take care of ourselves in to talk to someone who understands, someone who has been there. It can a pastor, a rabbi, a dear friend who won’t judge and if you don’t have or can’t find anyone in your life that you can talk to, you can always reach out to me. 

We can arrange a time for you to discuss whatever issues are uppermost in your mind.

 

 

 

To set up an appointment, please email me at staff@helpyouthru.com or feel free to call at (929) 276-2109.

 

CAREGIVER’S ISSUES

 

Another way is by educating ourselves and taking advantage of the resources that are already out there. Below is a small sampling to help you get started.

 

National Caregivers Library
Care for the Caregiver
Exercise and the Caregiver
Caregiver Questionnaire and Assessment

 

Mind/Body Practices

 

Another is the use of mind/body practices such as yoga, deep breathing, and meditation. Below are video clips of various practices conducted by certified yoga instructors. Here you will be walked through the various techniques. In my own life these practices have been indispensable to me. I hope you find them equally beneficial.

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