I caught myself thinking earlier today about a group of friends that I hung out with during my daughter’s preschool days. I spent New Year’s Eve with these ladies, I spent many mornings at the YMCA with them (and we all worked full-time)-so the 5:15am was really the only option to fit in a workout with small kids. We did birthday parties together; we did Girls Nights Out.
And then, our kids went to different Elementary Schools, and we all went our separate lives, because what “Connected” us during those years was our preschool aged children. We are still friends, but we don’t see each other as often as this season of our life.
That was our Support Group. I was a healthier minded person because I was spending time with people who understood me and what I was going through, and I understood them and where they were in life.
Do you have a group of Caregivers you connect with? A group of friends? A group from church? A group of Caregivers that are going through a similar journey as yours? If you do not have any of the above-you should. These new friends could be the ones that know and understand all the real deal issues that you will face as a Caregiver.