Does a sprint marathon describe your caregiving journey?
I was at the gym the other day and saw a shirt that said “It is not a sprint, It is not a Marathon , it is a SPRINT MARATHON.” Then is occurred to me, that is what is it like to be a caregiver.
Being a caregiver is like running a marathon. It is a long and hard journey. It takes stamina, focus and dedication. The goal is to get to the finish line and cross it with exhilaration at a job well done.
The difference between a Marathon and your caregiving journey, is that you have not prepared for what is ahead. The average family caregiver starts jogging along the path of caregiving. The sprinting starts every time a crisis occurs. For some care givers, that sprinting starts and they run the entire marathon full speed. It is physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting,
Doe this describe you?
To prepare for your caregiving journey, you must learn to walk and jog along instead of Sprinting. I know, it is easier said than done. I work with many different family caregivers everyday. I have heard it all, from the uninvolved spouse, to the uncooperative parent. Every single primary caregiver has a different journey to face.
There are many different steps you can take, to run your caregiving marathon and reach that finish line with peace and good health. It takes work , and focusing everyday on what are your goals and that of your family member.
I, also encourage you to FLY. (First Love Yourself) , learn stress management techniques, know the diagnosis and have an understanding on the type of dementia.
It is also important to get organized and get all the important paperwork together as early in the caregiving journey as soon as possible.
Let us help you to walk and jog through your caregiving journey. There is no need to make it a Sprint Marathon.
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