The importance of caring for yourself


#1

It's day 4 of Carers Week and the theme is caring for yourself.

So what do you think is the most important thing you do to care for yourself as a carer?

We'd like to hear your thoughts and for you to share your experiences with us.


#2

Hi, I have recently trained to be a mindfulness teacher. This was before my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. I feel that I was meant to do this course as it has helped me to come to terms with this and how it affects my husband.

 


#3

 

              Hello Mindful Space

            Helping myself hmm, thats going to take a bit of time to think over, well I remove the Duodopa pump at night and the dressing, I change that but my dear wife does almost every thing for me, I cant reinstall the pump in the  morning as  I am substantially shut down, my wife partner nurse has to do that also, I can make a cup of tea but it is hazardous as I stagger about the place and am very unsteady at times, so I think the most positive most rewarding thing I do to help myself is the voluntary time I spend with the young interns at NTGH talking to them about life with PD or BLACKHEART, helping these great young potential brain doctors is by far the best way I help myself.

                                         Kindest Regards              Fed


#4

 I asked my wife to contribute to this thread but she declined , so I will try and put her views forward, I actively encourage  Ln to meet up with her friends every day and she has developed a interest in gardening as I cannot do much in the way of Horticulture now, she is not tied in any way and thats how we stay happy , Ihave been given the nod, so this post is agreeable.

                                                        Fed


#5

This is an interesting question.  What do I do to care for myself?  Gardening is really my thing and although is is becoming a problem through lack of time it is still my favourite and most relaxing activity.  The second thing is new.  I take my OH to a seated exercise class.  He absolutely loves it and I find  look forward to it too.

Hatknitter