It is the middle of the night, bleary eyed, I am double checking my spreadsheet to make sure I am giving the right medicines at the right time.
It is the middle of the night, I am holding her hand, trying to say goodbye but trying to hold on.
It is the middle of the night, I am weeping softly into my pillow, because alone, in the middle of the night, is the only time I can empty some of the bucket of tears inside me.
These are snapshots of times in my life. I am a caregiver, not as a profession, but as a person who is blessed to love deeply. Caregiving is fueled by love, but most of the time when we are caught up in the needs of the other person, we do not realize the toll it is taking. We do not realize that we are running on empty. That saying, “You cannot pour from an empty cup”, is very true.
It is important to recognize that caregivers, whether it be caregiving professionally or personally, can be experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety, and potentially depression. The need for self-care and moments of reprieve are crucial to replenishing the energy, positive mindset, and balance back into their lives.
Today we invite you to read letters from two CZTs. The first is from Katrina Thiebaut, who used her tangling practice to help her through her journey with her mom who lived with Alzheimer’s disease. It is a beautifully written letter sent several years ago titled, “My Mother Lost and Found by Tangles”.
The second is from Ali Cada, Director of the Adult Day and Creative Programs for Club 36, Alzheimer Society of Calgary. Club 36 was a recipient of a grant from the Zentangle Foundation. Ali’s program shared the Zentangle Method with the staff, clients, and their families.
Finally, we invite you to take some time for yourself and fill your cup.