Many people these days are over-stressed from trying to care for the people and pets that need their help. This article explores how to pace and sustain yourself if you are feeling worn down by daily responsibilities.
It is common to find people, especially in their 40’s and 50’s who are being called upon to take care of their: parents, children, pets, homes, friends and finances–all at the same time. The result for many of us can be a sense of becoming fatigued and overwhelmed which can be referred to as “burnout”.
Sometimes there is not enough fuel left with which to power ourselves to “give” more to the life situations we are facing. Signs that a person is in need of more personal care time and rejuvenation include: troubles with sleeping (too much or too little), low sex drive, over or under eating, lack of physical energy, decline in health, mood swings, depression and/or suicidal thoughts.
Life is constantly changing, often very suddenly. This week alone within my group of friends: one woman needed to cancel her tropical vacation on short notice to help her mother, a man with two young children had heart problems that put him in the hospital, a friend was told by the vet that her pet cat had unexpected health issues and another has needed to leave his home in California to care for his ailing father in the mid-west.
In situations like these, people need to be extra careful to keep themselves physically healthy and mentally sustained. Here are several strategies for self-care I offer to these friends and you from previous posts here on Body Aware Grieving:
Basic Self Care Questions:
Help define current problems and organize responses.
Tips for Surviving Stress:
Bring yourself into a higher level of function.
Injury Reduction Tips:
Try to avoid additional setbacks and injuries.
Learn to evaluate how you are doing in order to structure self-care.
Create a personalized list of simple ways to uplift and pamper yourself.
Change of Perspective:
Practical techniques for when you are feeling stuck or negative.
Hopefully these suggestions can help people stay aware of what they are and are not capable of at any given time. If you notice signs that you are becoming “burned out” by daily responsibilities please remember that you can not care well for others unless you are functioning at a high level yourself. Taking time to have fun and live healthfully may be difficult sometimes, which is exactly when it becomes even more important.
Please contact us here at Body Aware Grieving with any questions or comments!
Best wishes to you,