Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Conquering Challenges with Compassion
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. When the stress of continually being there for others is high, we can become overwhelmed by our caregiving responsibilities and run the risk of burning out. The recommendation typically given for caregivers is to engage in self-care. Self-care can also take the form of meeting our own needs for relaxation, social support, and healthy. What is discussed less often is how to remain in the presence of suffering without being overwhelmed. This is where compassion steps in.
The problem for caregivers is that when we’re in the presence of suffering, we feel it in our own bodies.
The implication for caregivers is that we need to generate lots of compassion — for both ourselves and the person we’re caring for — in order to remain in the presence of suffering without being overwhelmed. In fact, sometimes we may need to spend the bulk of our attention on giving ourselves compassion so that we have enough emotional stability to be there for others.
So if you’re a caregiver, try giving yourself compassion the next time you make a mistake or feel challenged beyond your ability to cope. This may involve gently putting your hand on your heart to physically comfort yourself or saying kind, supportive words to yourself such as “this is so difficult right now and I’m sorry but I know I can do this!” Just think of the supportive things you’d say to a close friend in your situation. It may help you get through difficult times and lead to greater happiness and peace of mind.
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