A fellow yoga teacher once shared that she would spend a lot of time and effort preparing nutritious meals for her children. However, she rarely prepared enough for herself and ended up eating the scraps. She was then famished and often reached for something quick and easy — junk food.
This yoga teacher is a caretaker who took excellent care of her children and her students but neglected to take proper care of herself. While I can’t say I’ve been in this exact situation, I can certainly relate. I too have put others’ needs above my own to the point where my health was affected.
If you can relate to this story, you may be a caretaker as well — a caretaker who isn’t taking care of yourself.
While it is wonderful that we care so much about others, we matter too. We are human, and we have needs. We need quality food, quality sleep, and quality exercise. We need to take care of ourselves, so that we can more effectively care for others — today and for years to come.
If changing your lifestyle seems impossible, don’t be afraid to ask a fellow caretaker for some support. As you know, we love to help.
Thanks for reading. I hope you have a safe and healthy week.