Thursday, July 5, 2012

What Is CRAZY?

The other day I was talking to a caregiver and mentioned that caregiving can make you crazy.

Immediately, they nodded their head and agreed. Almost everyone does that. We know caregiving can make us crazy, but what do we mean by crazy?

In my book crazy refers to actions and ways of thinking that are out of the norm for us. Forgetting to pick up your child at school, forgetting meals, running stoplights and stop signs, snapping at someone we love in a conversation, not being able to go to sleep at night, fumbling simple tasks...all those things are signs (and real-life examples caregivers have told me) of the craziness caregiving pushes us into.

There's no reason to feel guilty about the stress caregiving causes, you're doing your best.

But, when caregiving starts making you crazy, or leads you to do crazy things, you've got to step back and look for ways to take care of yourself.

Remember, if you won't care care of you you can't take care of them.

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