Feel on top of things as a caregiver
Becoming a caregiver for someone with a brain tumour can happen abruptly or creep in slowly unnoticed until one day you realise you are caring more for someone else than you are for yourself. Here you will find tips and information on how to look after yourself and create the space you need through this unexpected journey you find yourself on.
As a caregiver, you may often feel like life is focused on your role of caring for someone with a brain tumour diagnosis. It may seem like there is no time to do things that you enjoy or you may feel like you don’t have any time to yourself.
Setting aside some time in your day to do something for yourself will give you some space from your caring role and bring some pleasure into your life.
“Self-care is how you take your power back.”– Lalah Delia
Make yourself a list of things that you enjoy. Maybe these are things that you used to do regularly before the brain tumour diagnosis. These can be things that you can do alone or with your loved one as well.
Below are some of our suggestions to help get you started. Keep your list somewhere you can find it easily and try and tick off at least one a day.
|Walk the dog||Bake a cake||Organise a cupboard||Do an exercise class|
|Have a bath||Meet a friend||Read a book||Treat yourself to something new|
|Watch a film||Go out for dinner or get a takeaway||Plan a weekend away or a special day out||Try some relaxation techniques|
To be able to factor self-care into your day effectively, start off with something small and then over time you can build up to planning a longer activity when you feel ready and able.
As a caregiver, you will have lots of different thoughts and emotions and may feel burdened and overwhelmed by these. By building mindfulness into a part of your day, this can help you feel more on top of things and in control.
The practice of mindfulness is about taking the time to focus on one particular task or activity, feeling relaxed yet awake and aware, and being completely in the present moment.
Read our Know How on Mindfulness for more information on how to build this practice into your life.
When life suddenly changes and you find yourself in a caregiver role, it is hard to know which way to turn. Suddenly you are thrown into a new routine that you weren’t prepared for. In between hospital appointments, treatment, a new role in the household and caring for yourself you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed.
Read our Know How on Dealing with the overwhelm for some tips and strategies you may find helpful.
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This Know How will help you find your voice as a caregiver of someone with a brain tumour.
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