|Self Care For Caregivers: It's Easy to Become Overwhelmed and Forget to Take Care of Yourself|
Primary Caregivers Often Forget to Take Care of Themselves
When you're the primary caregiver for a loved one, it's easy to forget to take care of yourself. You might forget about your own health and well-being. And, yet, if you neglect your own health, you could easily become sick, and you won't be able to do the things you need to do for yourself--let alone try to take care of your loved one.
To suddenly find yourself in the role of a primary caregiver can derail you both physically and emotionally. Most people don't have the luxury of putting aside the rest of their lives to focus exclusively on being a caregiver, so being a caregiver can feel overwhelming.
In upcoming blog articles, I'll focusing be on the importance of self care for caregivers and steps that you can take to take care of yourself.
Emotional Support for Caregivers
One of the most important aspects of self care is having emotional support. Being able to talk to supportive friends and family who are willing to listen can help to ease some of the emotional burden.
Many people find it helpful to talk to a psychotherapist, who is objective and impartial. A therapist, who has experience helping primary caregivers, can help you to cope with the emotional strain of taking care of your loved one as well as balancing his or her needs with your needs.
I am a licensed NYC psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, EMDR and Somatic Experiencing therapist.
I work with individual adults and couples.
I have worked with many clients who were primary caregivers and helped them to take care of their own needs.
To find out more about me, visit my website: Josephine Ferraro, LCSW - NYC Psychotherapist
To set up a consultation, call me at (212) 726-1006 or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Self Care For Caregivers - Part 2: Caregivers' Common Emotional Reactions
Self Care For Caregivers - Part 3 - Tips For Self Care