Care Givers — the name says it all. You give care to a loved one who is injured, ill, or perhaps dying. The person for whom you are caring is often scared, angry, hurt, in pain, demanding – all perfectly appropriate and understandable emotions. You, too, go through many emotions, yet yours are often placed on the back-burner or denied all together – at least for the time being – while you focus on your loved one.
So, here are two loaded questions: Who takes care of the Care Giver? How do you give without giving yourself away?
As well as being the Care Giver, you must also be a Care Taker: that is, you must take care of your own health and well-being during this time – or accept the care others offer you. This is so important, since we know that we can only give from the attention, energy, and love that we have within us. When we need to be the 24/7 caregiver for another, our levels of attention, energy, and love become depleted, unless we take the time (sometimes only minutes are required) to replenish and renew ourselves. Those timely “respites” are critical!!
Nancy offers you safe, confidential space for you to process your feelings and center in a peaceful and renewing place within, before returning to your care giving role. She offers powerful techniques that are uncomplicated and can be done anywhere, anytime, to assist you in feeling present within yourself while being present for your loved one.
She teaches you how to “take care” while you “give care.” She can teach you breathing techniques to keep yourself centered; provide guided imagery to see yourself healthy and energized, even when surrounded by the chaos often resident in a care-giving situation. She can provide you with Reiki or hypnotherapy to help you become more relaxed, deal with your emotions and improve your sleep. She can help you optimize your health, as you help your loved one achieve the outcome that is best for him or her.
Having this type of support is very beneficial, since you are able to integrate your feelings step-by-step, rather than having everything come up at once and perhaps overwhelm you. Too often we see that. after the loved one no longer needs the intensive caring, the caregiver then requires support to heal back into his or her own health, well-being, and wholeness. By taking care of yourself while giving care to another, you minimize your sense of imbalance, numbness, disconnection from the world, and even grief.