Self Advocate-Take Care Of Yourself!

You must advocate for yourself , that is  take care of yourself  so that you can take care of someone else.

Keep in mind that we are human and have limitations, as a result, we  can only do as much as our own, human physical and mental health allows us to do.    Being a caretaker will break you, if you let it.

Are you the “go to” person in your group?  Does everyone seek your advice?  Be proud of this position given to you by others but don’t allow yourself to be  worn out”,  “burned out”, or “fatigued”.  Don’t allow yourself to get to the point  that you feel you  are being dumped upon, taken advantage of or are not being appreciated.

Give yourself some kind of  physical and mental outlet. Be selfish, exercise, read a book, travel, even write a book. Take a day or an hour off.  Most of all , don’t cut yourself off from the rest of the world. Talk to people. Share with others.  As a caretaker you  must “take care” of yourself.

Contribute to and keep up with this blog as often as you can.  I’d like to think it will be one of the major methods that you will use to take care of yourself.

Just writing this blog is therapy for me.  What do you use for therapy?  What are your thoughts as a caregiver? How do you take care of yourself?