Caregivers Matter

During this collective traumatic experience, we are all doing the best we can to manage, respond, and survive the crisis of pandemic. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruption of our daily lives and routines, many of us are spending more time in the role of caregiver.  As we face stress and overwhelming feelings, we may find our self-talk moving towards criticism or doubt more than ever. We are human beings and we cannot be perfect.  One of the best things we can do for those that we care for is to be kind and loving to ourselves. Attending to self-care is an act of love and courage. We must put our oxygen mask on first in order to be available to those who need us.

These are some practices that will help us maintain our wellness and resiliency:

  • Create a daily routine and consider the rhythm of your new lifestyle.
  • Try to maintain a regular, consistent schedule for when we get up in the morning, when we go to sleep, when we have meals and when we have physical activities.
  • Take breaks and include taking a break in your daily routine and structure
  • Take care of your body. Drink plenty of water and try to exercise for at least 20 minutes each day.
  • Stop and think. Separate what is in your control from what is not in your control.
  • Practice what helps you feel a sense of safety
  • Get outside in nature (while practicing social distancing)
  • Stay present. Notice when your mind has wandered away into “what if” and “should’ve” land – then gently bring yourself back to the current moment with no judgement. Engaging in mindfulness activities is one way to stay grounded.
  • Stay connected and reach out for support. We all need relational connection and our support systems now more than ever.

 

And, most of all remember to be compassionate with yourself.  These are trying times.  Self-care is an act of love and courage.

 

If you need support, the CHRIS Counseling Center is here for you. To schedule a telehealth appointment or to learn more, email Counseling.Center@CHRIS180.org.

 

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Jen Packard, LCSW
Jennifer.Packard@CHRIS180.org
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