Self-Care and Resilience
Self- Care and Resilience
As a caregiver for an individual with a brain injury there are many effects on your health and well-being. As the saying goes “ put your own oxygen mask on first before you assist anyone else.” When you are taken care of, then the person you are caring for benefits too!
The Family Caregiver Alliance is a great resource for facts, tips and information about being a caregiver and how to take care of yourself!
One of the major struggles of being a caregiver is managing your stress. To start, learn to recognize the “warning signs of stress” such as problems sleeping, irritability, being forgetful. Then identify what is causing the stress and if it is something you can change. Focus on what you can change yourself.
What are some things you can do to reduce this stress? Ideas include taking time away for yourself, exercising or meditating, attending a support group, but you did need to figure out what works best for you.
Taking these steps are all part of becoming resilient. Resilience means the ability to bounce back, to rally or become flexible. Getting to a point of acceptance with your situation and being able to look at the positive in your life is something anyone can practice.
There are many things we can do to improve our ability to be resilient: getting enough exercise, having relationships with others and being social, recognizing our own strengths and weaknesses and accepting limitations, maintaining a positive outlook, eating right and getting enough sleep.
Learn more: Coping with Loss and Change.
Learn about some additional tips on the National Family Resiliency Center website.