My life has changed, and it’s gone from zero to sixty within three months. My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and my family had to make major life adjustments. Currently, she lives with me some weeks and with my brother on other weeks. You never want to think something bad will happen to one of your parents, but it happened to me. I’ve had to work on self care tremendously these past three months to avoid caregiver burnout. She’s only in the early stages of the disease so she’s still able to care for herself in many areas, but we know it will become harder.
During this new journey in my life, I’ve made it a priority to take care of myself first. The saying “you can’t care for others if you don’t care for yourself first” is very true. I am journaling, mediating and working out like a crazy woman! I am trying to avoid temptation like cookies and wine, but it happens! My best advice to anyone who is trying to handle multiple areas in life is to put yourself first. It is not selfish. You are a priority!
I remember a few years ago, I helped a young coworker balance out her life. I created a list for her and told her to put herself first. Years later she reconnected with me, and told me she still had the list I made for her. She learned to make herself a priority. She went back to school and got a job in the medical field. It is always nice to know when you have an impact on someone’s life.
“Put yourself at the top of your to-do list and everything else will fall into place”