In the ever growing awareness that is being brought to family caregivers, it is there we find the most humble of people. We find family members who have been given the task of caring for their loved ones.
In very modest acts of heroism live the people who give and give and give. Family caregivers possess an inner strength which lies immersed in the truth that they truly cannot give what they do not hold within themselves.
If family caregivers are not mentally strong, they cannot provide strength to those they love. In order for us to truly provide this care for others, we must first know how to care for ourselves.
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How we as family caregivers care for ourselves is vitally important. The initial step comes from recognizing where the care and strength we provide for the ones we love comes from. And this is the place that we are the strongest. Our soul.
And it is inside this strength that we realize how to care for it within ourselves.
“Enter eagerly into the treasure house that is within you,” St. Isaac of Ninevah says. “Dive into yourself and in your soul you will discover the stairs by which to ascend.” And as you ascend, you are gaining understanding of who you are.
This allows us the joy in knowing ourselves, caring for ourselves, and loving ourselves, so that we may be the best version to offer to our loved ones.
Your inner self must always be nurtured. Especially as family caregivers. The true essence of who you are and how you can be is what you are giving to others.
If we do not know or understand how to care for our souls, we will not be able to embrace the qualities that allow us to care for others.
Louisa Stringer is MedicareAdvantage.com’s caregiving expert.
Serving as a Certified Caregiving Consultant™ and practitioner for Cape Wellness Collaborative, she advocates for family caregivers in the greater Boston area, offering mental wellness care for those who care for their loved ones with cancer.
She is a constant in the world of family caregivers, as she helps them learn ways to develop a healthy balance in life. She is certified in mental health and first aid, and she owns a mental wellness consulting business with a primary focus on family caregiving.
Louisa believes in training family caregivers to improve their present life, and she aspires to remind them of who they are beyond their caregiving duties.
Louisa has a degree in Sociology and has vast life experience in family caregiving. She has worked in various different work environments in which she has recognized the need for caring for family caregivers in the workplace. She has been working diligently on a mental wellbeing care plan for employers to offer for their employees.