In this episode, I delve deep into the true essence of caregiving, underscoring the immense value of self-care in this journey. I emphasize how, as caregivers for loved ones with Lewy Body dementia, we must prioritize our own well-being, otherwise we risk depleting our resources and our relationship with our cared ones could turn into resentment and frustration.
Exploring the nuances of four bodies; spiritual, mental, physical and emotional, I underscore the importance of understanding our emotions and using them constructively. I explain how caregiving involves more than just physical work and that our mental energy is often overlooked even though it consumes a lot of our energy reserves.
I talk about how the energy spent on caregiver duties is essential, but it must be balanced with activities that replenish your spirit. I recommend sitting back and creating a list of joy-bringing activities that can be referred to when you feel drained.
I also touch upon how our loved ones are remarkably perceptive of our emotional states and how it’s crucial to retain an open and honest communication with them. Our energy is the most potent resource, and we must spend it wisely, choosing activities that foster self-care.
The episode concludes with a passionate reminder that the cornerstone of effective caregiving is self-care.