Fortify – Mind Body Soul
The demands of caregiving can be overwhelming, especially if you feel you have little control over the situation or you’re in over your head. If the stress of caregiving is left unchecked, it can take a toll on your health, relationships, and state of mind—eventually leading to burnout. When you’re burned out, it’s tough to do anything, let alone look after someone else. That’s why taking care of yourself Mind, Body and Soul isn’t just a luxury — it’s a necessity.
Maintaining a balance of the mind, body, and soul is necessary to live a happy and fulfilled life. The three are interconnected and a weakness or imbalance in one of these aspects is crippling to the others. For example, the severe emotional stress of caregiving on the mind can cause high blood pressure and other illnesses in an otherwise healthy body. By the same token, a physical illness or injury can cause depression in a usually healthy mind.
One of the easiest ways to maintain physical health as a caregiver is through proper nutrition and regular exercise. Caregivers who are able to make healthy diet and exercise choices tend to have more physical and mental energy, sleep better, and are often able to enjoy physical activity into old age.
The soul is the third part of the balance for caregivers, as it has a great affect on happiness and how people tend to view the world around them. Many people acquire a balanced soul through religious practices and regular participation in religious services. Spiritual happiness can also come from secular sources, like meditation. There are many parts to keeping a balanced mind, body, and soul. Fortunately, there are resources and tools to guide us in the quest for that balance.