Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn't know was possible.
- Tia Walker
Taking Care for Caregiving
As a caregiver, you are generously offering care to others. What about to yourself? Are you filling your own cup? Are you giving everything to others at the expense of meeting your own needs? If you answered yes, know that you are not alone. Everyone who is a caregiver experiences what you are experiencing. To continue providing compassionate care, though, you need relief.
Rachel periodically offers a free Taking Care for Caregiving workshop that offers relief and restoration to caregivers in the form of self-compassion. Self-compassion is treating yourself with the same kindness, care, and support when you are struggling that you would give to loved one when they are struggling. Self-compassion does not mean sacrificing the care and commitment you are offering others. In fact, research shows that self-compassionate people tend to be more caring and supportive in interpersonal relationships.
In the Taking Care for Caregiving workshop, participants:
Learn about Jonathan Prescott's Circle and Foot Model of Wise Caregiving (a model that visually demonstrates balance and imbalance between caring for self and caring for others)
Identify personal barriers to self-compassion
Increase knowledge about the researched benefits of self-compassion
Normalize the pain of caregiving
Try out micro-self-compassion practices for managing caregiver stress
Rachel offers individual counseling services to caregivers who feel like they would benefit from taking a deeper dive into creating a healthy balance between caring for self and caring for others.