Do you take care of children, infants, the elderly or your spouse? Are you a nurse or a parent? Have family members who need care, need to be driven to all their activities or do you work extra hours to make ends meet?
All of these things can cause stress. Always rushing, always putting the needs of others first and neglecting yourself is a recipe for disaster.
In order to effectively take care of others, you need to take care of yourself. To sustain the hectic pace of the life of a caregiver you need:
- Adequate rest
- Nutritious food
- Quiet time or meditation
- Exercise and vigorous activity
- Bodywork and time for healing
Without these things, your systems will start to break down. Symptoms include physical ailments and emotional distress. If you continue to push through and not take care of yourself, your body will respond by making the needs more urgent. Occasional discomfort can become chronic pain. Grabbing fast food or skipping meals can lead to illness or obesity.
Massage helps to provide care for the caregiver. Instead of thinking of it as an extravagance or luxury, think of massage as a way to keep yourself “Tuned up”. It will help you to feel good enough to provide the best for those you care for.