Straight from a Caregiver's Mouth
Recently, I read an article on the benefits of yoga for caregivers and it really resonated with me. I’ve been working from home for the last four years while caring for my aging mother, who lives with my husband and me.
Although my 91-year-old mother still, as she puts it, “has all my marbles,” she’s becoming less active and more dependent on me as time passes. And my ‘Mumsie,’ always known for her sweet nature, is also becoming increasingly defiant, especially toward me.
While that’s understandable (“you always hurt the one you love” sort of thing), it’s hard for me to deal with. As a result, I’ve become more stressed and irritable, and occasionally find myself unable to cope, even with simple routines. I know exactly what it feels like to lose your self-confidence when everything revolves around the person you’re caring for.
My husband, who’s a huge support to both Mumsie and me, has the patience of a saint – but even saints have their limit! He’s been telling me for months to find time for myself by going out and taking some classes in the evenings, when he will be at home to make sure Mumsie’s okay. He says, quite rightly, that in order to care for Mumsie properly, I need to take care of myself. I sure knew what I was doing when I married him!
With this in mind, I’ve been waffling for ages about possibly taking a yoga class to learn how to focus on myself and find a calm and positive frame of mind. And now that my body’s going through the dreaded mid-life stage, a little exercise won’t hurt either! The weight doesn’t roll off as easily as it did before and I could do with losing a few pounds, which was never a problem for me in the “good ol’ days.” It would be so nice to be able to see my feet again without my stomach getting in the way!
So this morning, I pulled out my local community guide, checked the yoga classes and – before I could change my mind yet again (I’m a Libra…can’t you tell?) – I signed up for my first yoga class. There – I’ve done it. It’s funny – just signing up for the class has made me feel better about myself, so I can’t wait to see how participating in the actual class is going to make me feel.
Here goes…I’ll keep you all posted as I go on my restorative journey through the world of yoga.
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