Are you feeling burned out, physically and emotionally? Are you trying to be everything for everyone? Remember the term, “sandwich generation” that popped up several years ago? You might be part of that group of folks, caring for their own children and trying their best to care for their parents too. It’s a very difficult task, and it takes its toll on you. Believe me, I know.
I have three lovely children, and my mother was dear to all of them. At one point, I remember holding down a full-time teaching position, driving a “million” miles to take my children to their after-school dance, soccer, gymnastics, etc. activities, and fixing dinners for my mother and sister. Talk about being a sandwich!
I have a special situation, however. I took over the responsibility for my special-needs sister when my mother turned 74, in 1999. Our parents divorced in the early 80s, and Daddy died in 2002, leaving Mama alone with the care of their oldest daughter.
Whenever you have someone depending on you, your life is not your own. You have a responsibility for caring for others, which can be all-consuming. Sometimes, it means you have no room left for yourself. However, you have an incredible sense of purpose.
Be sure you take care of yourself! You are no good to others if you do not take good care of yourself. Call on friends and other relatives to give you a day off every now and then. Feel no guilt in needing a little time to just have some fun without any kind of responsibility for others. You deserve it!
If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home Home Health Care Services in Orlando FL, please contact the caring staff at Flourish in Place Home Care Solutions today. Proudly serving Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Brevard Counties. Call 407-845-9797.