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Gail mentions quite frequently throughout both her newsletter and website the importance of nurturing ourselves. I know it is difficult to rationalize at times the necessity of taking a hot bath, or treating ourselves to an hour or two where we relax at a nearby cafe. All too often discountinuing these crucial little things needed for survival leads to caregiver burnout. Being a full time, round the clock caretaker (mother) of three children, two of which have congenital heart defects is emotionally exhausting, as well as physically. We must realize the importance of refueling" our energy. Justification can easily be made if you look at the transfer of energy rationally. In order to feed the flowers, it akes sun-one of the largest sources of energy.
Well, as with people, in order to energize their spirits we must bring energy to them, as they are not strong enough to venture at this time to retrieve it themselves. And so bringing me full circle back to my original point. It is even more crucial when one is caretaking to refill that energy, and take time to take care of ourselves. Your family/friends will thank you.