How are you feeling lately? Caregivers naturally put the needs of others over their own, and that is only multiplied in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. However, you can’t do everything for everyone. It’s just not possible.
Fortunately, you can ask for help.
Ask for Help with Daily Chores
If you are working in a client’s home most days and cannot get out to the grocery store before or after a shift, ask someone to help you. Perhaps a neighbor can grab necessities for you while they are out or maybe your teenage nephew can set up your online grocery shopping account.
Ask for Help with Meals
If you are struggling to find the time or money required to get dinner on the table (or in the fridge) for yourself and your family, ask for help. Can your partner cook a few nights a week so that you have a break? Can your teenage child throw together an easy meal for the family? Can you ask a friend to drop off a container of soup? Don’t be afraid to ask for help in order to get a meal on the table.
Ask for Help with Transportation
With trains, buses, and other public transportation running less frequently than normal, you might be struggling to get to and from your client homes. If this is the case, ask for help from your agency supervisor. They may be able to help out with ridesharing credits, taxi credits, or have another solution to get you safely to and from your shifts.
Ask for Help with Your Shifts
If you are exhausted and overworked, you cannot give the best care to your clients. If you are feeling like you need some time off, talk to your agency supervisor. Perhaps you can work together to find a way to give you the small break you need. Be honest about your physical and mental health and come to the conversation with possible solutions.
Ask for Help with Your Emotions
You are carrying a lot of extra stress right now. Fortunately, you don’t have to carry it all on your own. You can choose to talk about it with trusted friends, family members, or even a professional counselor. Don’t be nervous to ask your friend if they have some time to just listen to your vent your frustrations. Everyone needs an outlet, including you.
When you start asking for some help here and there, you will quickly realize that your friends and family are ready to jump in. You deserve to take care of yourself and asking for help is part of that.
How will you ask for help today?