I am finding it hard to keep up with caring for myself. In the past, I thought caregivers, including myself, did not care for ourselves because we spent all our time caring for the patient. I have discovered that it goes beyond that.
1. Less reason or motivation to look well. We usually are not going out or having company. The reasons that people "get ready." This often has a time deadline involved by which we must either greet a guest or be ready to leave. Caregivers do not have this reason to finish fixing their hair, caring for teeth and skin, being attractively dressed. And since something more urgent is always needing to be done, I keep postponing my daily personal care.
2. Less energy: I know I am not so busy that I do not find time to write E-mails or watch TV. So my excuse cannot be I don't have time. However, it "is" a lack of energy. I go to computer or TV when I am too
physically tired and even, sometimes, when I am just discouraged. Stress exhaustion. Boredom. That kind of thing. Why do I not use that time to care for my skin or hair?
I guess I just don't feel up to even doing that. Maybe I'm just looking for recreation. Recreation is a necessity for humans and it is something that is usually missing in a Caregiver's life. I know that it is in mine. Maybe someone has some suggestions for recreation for a person who cannot be away from home and is too tired to prepare for company in my home. I know I do need something active even though I feel like I am too tired to handle it.
Has anyone found any answers to this problem?