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Take Care





In high school, my friend Chris had a fantastic mom. She cared for all his friends, including when the police chased us to her house after we almost got caught throwing snowballs at cars on Avenue N in San Angelo. What a narrow escape. She was full of fun and laughter. She was welcoming and interested in each of us individually. All of us, Chris's friends, visited frequently. Her husband, Chris's stepdad, got ill and almost died. She was such a remarkable caregiver. She continued to work, cook, and care for us and him. After a long illness, his stepdad recovered, but Chris's mom gave too much, worked tirelessly, and passed away. Oh, what a tremendous loss for all who knew her.

 

"I must take good care of me so I can take good care of you."

 

This adage is easily overlooked. Taking good care of myself physically, financially, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually is paramount in all my relationships.

 

As I examine this concept, I uncover the profound importance of self-care and caregiving. Regardless of the roles we play in life, whether we are a husband, dad, wife, mom, son/daughter, boss, or any other role, we must care for ourselves.

 

Neglecting my own needs undermines my ability to provide optimal care to others. How can I care for others if I don't care for myself?

 

We all play roles as caregivers. Unrecognized stress, prevalent among caregivers, demands a toll on both mental and physical health. Consequently, fostering resilience through self-care becomes essential.

 

Implementing a comprehensive self-care regimen entails a complex approach involving physical, emotional, and social domains. From mindfulness practices to regular exercise and peer support networks, I must prioritize activities that replenish my reserves and nurture my holistic well-being.

 

"Take care of you so you can take care of me" illustrates the necessary link between self-care and caregiving.

 

Moms, dads, and grandparents all have the opportunity to give too much.

 

How about you? Are you too much like Chris's mom?

 

Watch for the blind spots.




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