Care for the Caregiver: Expert Advice on How to Care For Yourself When Providing Care to Loved Ones

Certified Caregiving Consultant Louisa Stringer gives advice to family caregivers on how to care for themselves so that they can better care for their loved ones.

Tips every family caregiver needs to hear

In the ever growing awareness that is being brought to family caregivers, it is there we find the most humble of people. We find family members who have been given the task of caring for their loved ones.

In very modest acts of heroism live the people who give and give and give. Family caregivers possess an inner strength which lies immersed in the truth that they truly cannot give what they do not hold within themselves.

How can caregivers take care of themselves?

If family caregivers are not mentally strong, they cannot provide strength to those they love. In order for us to truly provide this care for others, we must first know how to care for ourselves.

How we as family caregivers care for ourselves is vitally important. The initial step comes from recognizing where the care and strength we provide for the ones we love comes from. And this is the place that we are the strongest. Our soul.

  • In our souls we house our truth.
  • It is deep in there that we find the honesty and belief that makes us who we are.
  • This is where we gain our stability to provide the care for our loved ones.

And it is inside this strength that we realize how to care for it within ourselves.

“Enter eagerly into the treasure house that is within you,” St. Isaac of Ninevah says. “Dive into yourself and in your soul you will discover the stairs by which to ascend.” And as you ascend, you are gaining understanding of who you are.

This allows us the joy in knowing ourselves, caring for ourselves, and loving ourselves, so that we may be the best version to offer to our loved ones.

Your inner self must always be nurtured. Especially as family caregivers. The true essence of who you are and how you can be is what you are giving to others. 

If we do not know or understand how to care for our souls, we will not be able to embrace the qualities that allow us to care for others.