We want to take a moment to focus on you, caregiver! Being a caregiver can be overwhelming, and it’s vital to make space for your own health and happiness.
In part one of this this series, we looked at the signs of stress and burnout. Here, we offer tips on achieving balance, and even thriving, as a caregiver.
This is part one of our series on Overcoming Overwhelm: Tips to Avoid Caregiver Stress & Burnout. Here, we explore signs that you may be stressed and burnt out, as well as the importance of caring for yourself.
My name is Irene Weinberg. I’m a native New Yorker—I grew up in the Bronx. I had a great childhood and had a lot of friends. We used to sit on the stoops, kind of like A Bronx Tale. I went into the financial world and I worked for almost 50 years. After being outsourced, I was really lost for a while. Very depressed. My health began to quickly decline and I didn’t know what to do. I kind of felt that I was just getting older watching the world go by. Where were the golden years?
My name is Nilda Lugo. I was born in Puerto Rico. I came here when I was 11 years old. I went to school and I got married here. I have 3 beautiful children and 4 grandchildren. On Sundays, my family comes here. I love to cook for my family—I did it for such a long time and besides, if I get company here, you’re not leaving without eating!
Even for the strongest among us, caregiving can be overwhelming.