Caregiving in any capacity is tough work. When someone has a temporary illness like a cold or injury, we can see the end. We know this situation is only temporary, so the sacrifice feels less like a burden.
In longer-term situations where future health, illness, and independence appear more unpredictable, the unknowns create caregiver stress. Realizing the difficult nature of this work can help. No one can give continuously without feeling the physical and emotional weight. “It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had to do” is a familiar refrain.
Give yourself permission to realize the nature of this important calling—and learn how to pace, plan, and find peace.
Learning more is always a good starting place, especially to know you’re not alone on this journey. Search online for local caregiver support groups or join our Facebook caregiving group and explore our resources.