Family caregivers don’t always have a refuge from the day-to-day stresses of caring for loved ones. With all their responsibilities, it can be hard to justify the seeming luxury of self-care.
But self-care keeps caregivers healthy, and it doesn’t require anything extravagant. It can be as simple as taking the time to read a good book.
As a family caregiver myself, I often turn to reading to provide comfort and education. Here are four books that I’ve found very helpful:
- “The Caregiver’s Survival Handbook: How to Care for your Aging Parents without Losing Yourself,” by Alexis Abramson. A practical handbook about dealing with the problems of caring for aging parents.
- “Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? A Memoir,” by Roz Chast. Provides a more humorous balance to the family caregiver’s challenge with both funny and touching advice.
- “Grace for the Unexpected Journey: A 60-Day Devotional for Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia Caregivers,” by Deborah Barr and Gary Chapman. A devotional to offer support during a stressful, trying time.
- “How to Care for Aging Parents: A One-Stop Resource for All Your Medical, Financial, Housing and Emotional Issues,” by Virginia Morris. An authoritative guide on caring for aging parents to help caregivers deal with the emotional challenge.
Don’t Close the Book on Self-Care
As a caregiver, you have a duty to care for yourself. Reading can give you an outlet, a reprieve from the daily pressures of caregiving. It can provide a way to learn about care-related info and best practices, improving the care you provide. Most of all, it is nourishing to the mind and soul. So, don’t be afraid to take the time. Open a book and care for yourself.