Caregivers Alphabet – Y

Y-Yes

Yes is a word a Caregiver says regularly.

Yes, you will take your Loved One to this appointment and

Yes, you will take your Loved One to another specialist appointment.

Yes, I will remember to buy your medicines

Yes, I will make it better for you.

You will say Yes, to so many things your Loved One needs.

That is the reason You are Phenomenal!

You a rare, extra special, exceptional person!

Remember to ask yourself this question!

When do you say Yes, to doing something You Need too?

You don’t need to feel guilty.

Because, Care giving means, caring for the Caregiver too!

YES!

But I don’t have time?

This is vitally important – You need to make time!

I haven’t had my hair cut for as long as I can remember.

I would just love to…

Taking valuable time to value You is even more important as taking time for another appointment.

So schedule Yes Me Time! –YMT and write it in your calendar in your diary or on your phone. It will be our secret! Only we really know what it means!

Remember YMT is not negotiable. This isn’t something you can put off for another time, when something else important comes up. You need to promise you it would need to be life threatening for you not to give yourself YMT!

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16 thoughts on “Caregivers Alphabet – Y”

  1. Good Point, Annie ~

    So many times, when caring for someone, their needs come first and the caregivers’ needs get put on a backburner – yet, if the caregiver gets sick, who takes care of them?

    Stay Extraordinary and Do Great Things, Neil
    Vote for Heart

  2. It is kind of like on the airlplane when they say if you are travelling with small children to put your oxygen mask on first then theirs. It is counter intuitive of what your instincts are but you can’t help your child if you have passed out from lack of oxygen.

  3. What a great point. Fact is, I usually end up seeing the caregiver for therapy because they can’t say no and always say yes. We always have the conversation that you can’t continually sacrifice yourself to care for your loved one or you won’t be able to take care of either of you.
    We all need some recharge time.

    Jennifer Battaglino
    Tinnitus Anxiety Reduction

  4. Hi Annie,

    Yes indeed. I think every single one of those first several YES examples you gave I could, yes, say Yes to. Those were all things I was always doing for my late husband during his battle with cancer. And so many of those details of life, we just DO without even necessarily saying anything to them, just to take care of one more thing for them because their illness is already stress enough in their lives.

    Any little way a caregiver can take a break, so a little something special for yourself, to do some self-care, DO! You richly deserve it and certainly need it.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    How to Find Love After 40

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