The words wellbeing, wellness and self-care are used (and perhaps overused) and sometimes conflated with self-indulgence, self-focus or selfishness in caregiving. Not only is this false, it’s a harmful perspective because the quality of your life depends on your well-being and also supports the lives of others.
When we view wellbeing as a daily practice rather than as an activity, another task, or an expectation (one more reason to feel guilty), we discover just how critical and sustaining our small, healthy habits can be toward our overall health and happiness in the long run. It’s simple really, but it is hard to practice and this is why it is often not a priority. This is also why we need ongoing support to practice wellbeing. While there are many opportunities to learn about dementia and attend support groups, there are very few places to gather with other caregivers and simply focus on YOUR wellbeing.
“Self-care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.”
Meeting regularly with and learning from other caregivers and experts in wellness will bolster your strength and support your desire to live well. The following programs are available to help you build and sustain reliable and enjoyable wellness practices for yourself: