For a lot of us, scheduling “me time” is something we want to do, but it’s often the first thing to get bumped off the calendar when things get busy.
Research shows that spending time in restorative ways leads to an increase in creativity, happiness and productivity.
That’s why I wanted to share with you this episode of The Caregiver Podcast where I was interviewed about my caregiving role with Mother who has Alzheimer’s. My life didn’t slow down when my mother needed care, everything in my business still kept going. That meant I needed to make the time to take care of myself.
It hasn’t been easy to strike a balance between work, family, exercise and rest. It’s something I continuously work at. I’ve had to intentionally find strategies that will fit my lifestyle and my new norm as a caregiver.
Whether you’re taking care of yourself, your kids, or have an aging parent to look after, I know you’ll find something useful in this interview.
We all need a reminder to put ourselves first and that when we do, everyone benefits. After all, we can’t pour from an empty cup.
Remember, practicing self-care doesn’t have to be fancy or time-consuming like a spa weekend away. It can be as simple as taking 10 minutes to read a chapter from your favourite book or 30 minutes to go on a walk.
When you take the time to put yourself first, you’ll feel happier, grounded and more fulfilled. It’s from that place that you can truly help those around you.
I hope you enjoy it!