The sweetest gift of all is to ourselves.
My aching back. My twitchy eye. The outside of me might look ok, but it feels like the life has drained out of me. What many of us want for Valentine’s Day is some sweet, quiet time alone, to put feet up, sip chamomile tea, and to simply breathe. Forget the chocolate and flowers, how about a little time away from all of the responsibilities- laundry, running children here and there, picking up Mom’s medication, preparing for a big meeting.
Caregivers who find themselves getting worn out aren’t alone. Up to 70% of family caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health has a Caregiver Stress Fact Sheet that might not be your moment of zen, but could get you on your way toward a more balanced existence.