These words of wisdom were spoken to me when my husband was dying of cancer. He was at home, under hospice care. Anyone who has walked that path knows how exhausting the role of caregiver can be.
Sleep is intermittent and anxiety is high due to the uncertainty of what each day will bring. Although friends might offer to come and help, it never feels right to leave a loved one who is dying.
As a result, the caregiver often gets more and more exhausted, more emotionally fragile, more likely to get sick themselves.
And in the midst of that, I was given this sage advice: “you can’t pour from an empty pitcher.”
Have you been there? Are you there right now? Does your “pitcher” feel empty? But do you also feel as though you can’t possibly take a break to be refilled and renewed?
Whether you are caring for a dying loved one, looking after an elderly parent with dementia, or are drained for some other reason, these ten simple ideas can help:
If you are constantly pouring out to care of others, please make it a priority to care for yourself, too. Take some time to be refreshed and renewed.
The beautiful pitcher featured above is the creation of my friend, Jim Fletcher. Would you believe that he took his first pottery lesson only nine months ago? Jim and his wife Jana are amazing people. You can learn more about them in this blog post from 2014.
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