Self Care for Caregivers

Self Care for CaregiversSelf care for caregivers is essential. Self care and self love go hand in hand. Whether we are a relative, friend, professional caregiver, therapist,healer or mother it is imperative that we practice positive, healthy self care. Giving to others begins with giving to ourselves first.

Self care for caregivers is healing. Our body, mind, emotions and spirit need to be treated with loving attention daily so that we avoid depletion and illness. When we travel on an airplane we are instructed to put the air bag on ourselves first then on the child for practical reasons. We cannot give to others what we are not giving to ourselves.

Self care for caregivers is an act of self love. With self care and self love the act of giving, loving and caring for others becomes easier without taking from your own life force energy. Nurturing others is more organic and flows when we care for ourselves as part of our daily practice.

Filling our own Cup

Filling our own cup is about putting ourselves first as an act of self love. We are here to grow, learn, enjoy life and to be of service to others. Giving what we do not have ourselves or do not give to ourselves depletes our bodies and our psyche creating an imbalance. We are not meant to sacrifice ourselves in caring for others. When we sacrifice self we become resentful and we are unable to truly give from the heart.

Filling our own cup first, then giving to others comes from the flow of life within us. The result of self care is joy for the giver and the receiver as our cup runs over with love.

Positive things that feed our body, mind, emotions and spirit is the process of filling our own cup. Meditation, reading an engaging book, tea with a loving friend, walking in nature or working on a creative project are some examples of things that nurture us.

Honor our Body

Honor our body by feeding it healthful live foods, drinking plenty of water and exercising. Our body is the temple of Spirit. Accept it as it is lovingly, being grateful for our vehicle that expresses creativity, playfulness and service to mankind.

Honor our body by nurturing it with warm baths, stretching, receiving Reiki healings, massages, doing yoga.

Walking is a wonderful way to honor our body, get exercise, feel grounded and meditate all at the same time.

Honor our Mind

Honor our mind by using affirmations in order to keep our thoughts positive. The mind can only focus on one thing at a time. What we focus on we create more of, so let’s create consciously with intention.

We honor our mind when we meditate. In meditation we focus on one thing such as the breath, to help still the mind. Our mind is a powerful tool for self awareness when we focus it daily in this way.

When we keep our thoughts on our intention we also honor our mind. The mind is meant to be the servant of the master within us which is our Higher Mind or Higher Power. So  let’s use our mind for the highest good consciously.

Honor our Emotions

Honor our emotions by allowing them to flow in the moment without judgement. Emotions are neither right nor wrong. We need to let go of our thoughts and just be with our feelings.

Sharing our feelings with a trusted friend is so important as a way to honor our emotions and release pent up feelings.

A way to honor our emotions is to have an agreement with a friend. When we need to vent we let our friend know by simply saying “I need to vent.” That is the cue for them to just be a good listener and not try to fix the problem for us.

Honor our Spirit

Honor our spirit through meditation and prayer. Meditation is listening to God. Prayer is speaking to God.

In meditation we focus our mind so that we honor our spirit in the silence. The rational mind is very active and needs to be stilled in order to be aware of our Higher Power within. Through a regular meditation practice we naturally develop our intuition which is from spirit within us.

Prayer is another way to honor our spirit by speaking directly to God and consciously connecting to Source knowing that we are not alone. The Universe is for us in every way.

Self care for caregivers is about loving and honoring ourselves on all levels: body, mind, emotion, spirit. Then caregiving for others comes from our love, compassion and kindness flowing with ease .

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