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10 tips for lifes caregivers.

 

Treat yourself as you would treat another who is tired, cold, ill, hungry, scared, fatigued.

  1. Pay attention to what your body is asking for….hunger – feed yourself, tired – take a nap, cold- add more clothes or let yourself have a fire, exhausted – take yourself to bed, scared – wrap yourself tightly in a blanket.
  2. Don’t listen to your internal negative dialogue about how you’re not good enough, not deserving, others are worse off than you etc.
  3. Decide you are as entitled as the next person to be cared for…you’re as human as they are.
  4. Do ask for help, ask someone to care for you for a few hours or a day.
  5. Don’t short change yourself or your needs.
  6. Do remember your aid work and care work is more potent when you are well and rested.
  7. You can be strong and be vulnerable…the two can go together.
  8. Remember those pre flight instructions….take your O2 before rescuing your child.
  9. Yes, I mean you!
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About kathythesane

Lived in Kent, then Devon, now France. Trained as a Mental Health Nurse in Canterbury, then at Training South East (Sandhurst) in Transactional Analysis with Alice Stephenson (dec'd) , Suzanne Boyd and Mellie Lewin. Managed a Private Psychiatric Nursing Home for very mentally ill patients in Devon for 3 year before retiring to France in 2006.

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