taking care of ourselves as caregiversSometimes  those of us who are caregivers we take such good care of others, that we break down.  But it is important that we remember this: The Care and Feeding of a Senior starts at the Heart. We are an aging population of  55 and over. Regardless of age, good health and vitality begin from the inside out. And, when it comes to the heart this means caring for and loving your Self.  Which in turn means putting your own self first.  The alternative is poor health and less strength which ultimately means we will tax the strength of those who must care for us when we break down.

Studies continue to support and illustrate that those who have a daily self care regimen of their own, make better Care Givers.  Ensuring we keep up our levels of physical activity, mindfulness, and Nutrition all play an active role in the sustenance of the human being.

They allow us to cultivate our own vitality, instead of needing others to sustain us. When we care for ourselves with the proper diet, physical activity balanced with stillness and mindfulness, we are better equipped to put out the energy, patience and strength required to care for others – regardless of the level of care. Even if it simply means being with our beloved partner and friends. On a day to day basis, the way we feel has a significant impact on our level of involvement and participation with others. Are you currently able to do the activities you would like to be doing? Are you spending as much quality time with your loved ones and friends as you would like?

Looking good on the outside is a side effect from being vital and balanced on the inside. And, when we short change ourselves with love and care, we short change others we care about.


Valentina Boonstra


About Brevard Massage

I have been a personal trainer and massage therapist for many years now. My specialty is getting people moving again. I have learned through the years that preventing injuries is as important as relieving pain after an injury. To that end, I have also learned Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Pilates.