The Ultimate Survival Kit That Every PTSD Caregiver Needs. A Caregiver needs to make sure to take time to care for themselves first and foremost. Your Spouse has been diagnosed with PTSD and your whole world has changed. You may not realize it but you have become your partner’s Caregiver. One thing that is common amongst Caregivers is that while providing any level of care for another person one can lose themselves in the process. It is equally important to take care of yourself first in order to take care of anyone else.
Think about the last time you traveled by airplane. The lovely stewardess directs the passengers to place their air mask on themselves first before helping the next person in an emergency. The same concept applies for Caregivers. Make your own mental, physical, and emotional health a priority. This is easily done with building your very own Caregiver Survival Kit.
I lost myself, while providing around-the-clock care for my husband
Once the onset of PTSD symptoms came I went into auto pilot mode. I tried everything that I, at that time, thought would “cure” my husband’s issues. I spent countless hours reacting to his symptoms, caring for him, for months and ended up losing myself in the process. This kind of thing happens gradually and you rarely recognize it when it is happening to catch it. Over time I wore myself down mentally and physically. I became emotionally drained, frustrated, and depressed. It’s no new medical discovery that stress can cause serious issues if not managed, moderated, and controlled. I learned a few wonderful self-care general practices along the way and compiled them into what I now call my “Caregiver Survival Kit”.
The best news is that many of these suggestions are either free, low-cost, or well worth every penny! Items in your new arsenal include stress relief techniques, positive enrichment, aroma therapy, and more. Most of these components may seem like common sense but keeping your care on the front of mind and having everything you need in one place keeps it simple. Who doesn’t appreciate simplicity no matter what level of care you provide as a Caregiver, right?
Caregivers Need To Relax
Once a week, run a hot bubble bath using your favorite aroma therapy products. My favorite are Bath and Body Works signature line Stress Relief which includes essential oils from eucalyptus and spearmint. As you draw your much need bath, add a generous amount of Body Wash & Foam Bath.Caregiver Survival Kit Items, Uses, and Resources
While your run your bath water find this play list on Spotify to play at a low volume. Turn down the lights and light a candle to create a relaxing ambiance. After you soak in your home-made spa apply a sugar scrub to your skin and rinse off. When you are satisfied with your relaxing soak, get out, dry off and apply a stress relief scented body lotion from head to toe. Bath and Body Works typically features amazing savings/specials like “Buy Three Get Two Free” for most of their product line.
Every Caregiver will benefit from having a journal. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy; a spiral notebook will work just fine. Start a new habit to journal your feelings and experiences as often as possible. Experts suggest writing in a journal daily. I prefer to jot down thoughts from my day before I go to bed. This is part of my bedtime routine. There are many personal journal writing styles out there. The one that works really great for me I learned from my therapist. I write about what went well that day, what could go better tomorrow, three things I am most grateful for in my life, and what I enjoy most about being a Caregiver. Keeping it positive will reset any negativity in your head space from a stressful day.
Positive Quotes first thing in the morning
The last piece to my Caregiver survival kit are hundreds of positive quotes, mantras, images or pictures on my mobile device that I can access anytime. The very first thing that I do each morning is read through several of my positive thought-provoking images until my smile ear to ear. This is best done before getting out of bed in the morning. Review ten to twenty of these and your day will begin the way every Caregiver needs in order to promote a stress free day.
Although the above lists just a few suggestions for your very own Caregiver survival kit you can make your own to meet your preferences and needs. This is a terrific start and you will benefit a great deal from implementing these small new habits to care for yourself promote the absolute best version of yourself as a Caregiver to others.
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