Being time poor is a real challenge for Carers. After all the lament of many is that they simply do not have enough time to do all that has to be done. When you are a Carer the demands on your time are doubled if not tripled. So anxiety and stress are possible consequences of living in such a demand driven environment. It is also very different to the work place or other situations we might encounter. We are not as emotionally invested in our workplaces and we also have respite from the stress producing environment. We get to go home, do the things we enjoy, take a break, have holidays.
As a Carer if you do not consciously schedule these things in it is very easy to become absorbed in your responsibilities and forget about yourself. So I view it a bit like servicing your car. If you fail to do so eventually it will break down. Many of us take far better care of our cars than we do our own physical and mental health.
The fact is, if you want to be the value to others you need to invest in your well being. If you don't you well start to feel stressed and anxious. Bit like the red light you get on the petrol guage when you are running low on fuel.
Yes you have a lot to do so you need to become a master at priortising let go of some of the non-essentials so that you can take the time out to fill your tank.
Tap into the supports for Carers, take time out for some self care, meditate, read a good book, and do it without guilt. Think of it as self-improvement which in turn will improve your capacity as a Carer.
Good luck and remember to keep that petrol tank full!
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