Soul Care for Caregivers


Soul Care for Caregivers

As a caregiver my life can be quite stressful. In addition to the responsibilities of caring for my husband, I work a full-time job and operate a small business from home. In my free time I listen to podcasts, and read books that help me tend to my emotional garden, my soul.

Your soul is defined as your mind, your will, and your emotions.

I have a friend that led a workshop on soul care and one of the things she taught was, your mind is like a garden. It can be a beautiful garden filled with the most amazing flowers in creation. Your neighbor also has a garden and their garden is also beautiful and has impeccable landscaping, ornaments, garden flags, no weeds. Your neighbor might love you very much, but no matter how much they love you, they are not going to come over to your house and take care of your garden. You have to take responsibility for pulling the weeds in your own garden and watering your flowers.

I understood this to mean, I have to take ownership of the thoughts that flow through my mind; I have to learn to become more mindful. Getting adequate rest, staying hydrated, eating healthy food is all part of soul care. Doing what I can, and letting God be God is part of soul care. Learning how to manage my stress is part of soul care.

Well wishers at the start of my caregiving journey would often say "take care of yourself". I didn't really know what they meant. I now know that it's the little things that I do every day that help me to take care of myself so that I can do a better job caring for my husband.

Here are a few things you can consider doing that don't a lot of time, energy or money.

  1. Meditate or pray

  2. Read one chapter of a book

  3. Listen to a podcast

  4. Download the Calm App

  5. Paint

  6. Journal

  7. Mani/Pedi

I once spent almost an entire day just taking pictures with my phone of things that made me smile; I still remember that as a very good day.

What are some of the things you do to take care of yourself?

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