I recently had a discussion with a fellow PD caregiver about self-care. We discussed how hard it is for PD caregivers to find time to care for themselves. She had seen an article online talking about how important it was for caregivers to take time to care for themselves and immediately felt guilty. I assured her that it wasn't meant to make her guilty but to provide a reminder how important self-care is. Sometimes, we need to be reminded the urgency of self-care.
I'm fortunate that right now my husband can care for himself (23 years diagnosed with Young Onset PD) and isn't a fall risk at home. I take our dog for a walk each day for a half-hour to an hour and 3 times a week I go for an hour of a bootcamp workout. My husband is very encouraging to me to continue my workouts! I'm very fortunate for this 😀
I thought this might make a good discussion topic. How do you care for yourself? What and when do you take time out? Do you make time for doctor appointments too? Do you have help to take this time away? How hard was it to get this started and continue? Please share your thoughts 😀