You’re a family caregiver, providing must-have supportive care for an aged, chronically-ill, and/or disabled loved one.
You’re lonely, stressed, and tired.
The long-term nature of caregiving that so often accompanies today’s current healthcare system leaves you wondering if you have what it takes to keep all the plates spinning.
It wouldn’t take much – one more unexpected hospitalization, one more secondary infection, one more medical procedure denied by insurance – for all the plates to come crashing down on the floor.
If you’re like millions of other family caregivers, you worry about your loved one, you feel ill-equipped to provide 24/7 caregiving services, and you feel really, really alone. Continue Reading…
The one thing they don’t tell you about providing care for another, is that it can have disastrous effects on your own health and well being.
According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, today’s caregivers can suffer from a variety of emotional, mental, and physical health problems that arise from the strains of caring loved ones. A few of these not-so-healthy manifestations of “chronic caring” can include: anxiety, back injuries, cognitive decline, depression, heart disease, immune disorders, low self-esteem, sleep deprivation, substance abuse, and even increased mortality.
As a millennial caregiver, I’m quite familiar with the unfortunate array of negative effects from caring: being exhausted to the point that you cannot sleep, blowing a fuse at just about anyone you encounter, canceling all your own doctor’s appointments in order to accommodate for a loved one’s, and wading through the financial fallout so often accompanied with chronic illness and disability in today’s barbarically-modern society.
I’m addicted to start-ups. The thrill of turning an idea into a prosperous company is like euphoric high to my business bent brain.
My husband is always beckoning me to take a vacay from the start-up “zone”, and spend a little time each day in the realm commonly known as “reality”. Exchanging the excitement of an always demanding baby business, for the humdrum of day to-day life wasn’t a very attractive proposition; until, I collapsed on my office floor, flaming with a fever and unrelenting headache.
Weeks (and weekends) of round the clock investment into this startup project had certainly taken its toll.
Entrepreneurs often fail to recognize that their business (especially, a startup) can only be as good as they are. We get so caught up in building an asset, that we forget to “make deposits” into our most important asset—ourselves. If you’re an entrepreneur, who compulsively sacrifices your well being for the good of your enterprise, I hope to encourage you to join me in this “Invest in Me” challenge. Continue Reading…