Being a caregiver may take you by surprise. You might start by doing simple tasks. Soon, you are spending a lot of time caring for another. Or, caregiving can come about quickly. However you began caregiving, your life has changed. The change can last a few weeks, or several years.
Caregiving has many rewards, but also shifting roles and emotions. You might feel troubled or frustrated. You may also feel alone or angry because others don’t understand. These feelings are natural, and common.
Each caregiving experience is unique. You will have changing needs, feelings, trials and rewards. Your experience will also change over time. Yet, one thing is for sure. All caregivers will need to find balance.
With balance in your life, you will be better able to keep providing care.