Hæklet til plejere

ved KathrynAugust 10, 2012 · 7 kommentarer

i Hæklet Sundhed

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Godt, it’s the last day of my ten day series of posts about hæklet sundhed. I’ve talked a lot about how crochet can help people with many different health conditions including both physical and mental health issues. I don’t want to end this series without mentioning that crochet can also be a really important part of self-care for caregivers who are taking care of those who are ill.

Caregiver Stress

If you have ever had to take care of someone who is ill, especially someone with a chronic illness, then you know that it can be terrifically stressful for everyone in the family. There are several components to this stress:

  • You are understandably worried about your loved one’s health.
  • You may be involved in decision-making around care, which can be especially stressful.
  • The ill person may behave in ways that aren’t always kind. They are experiencing their own stress and may lash out as a result.
  • You may feel like you can’t vent about your own problems because the ill person’s take precendence in your home.
  • You may be physically stressed as you take on extra responsibilities in the home.
  • There may be financial stress in the home because of the illness.

How Crochet Helps

Caregivers may find that taking some time out to crochet each day is beneficial to reducing their own stress levels during this trying time. Here are some of the ways crochet helps:

  • It provides a mental health break. You may even use crochet for mindfulness relaxation.
  • It is something you can do just for yourself.
  • It boosts self-esteem. Being unable to heal the people you love can erode self-esteem so it’s important to restore it in other ways.
  • The repetition is calming. It can help alleviate anxiety surrounding illness.
  • It restores a sense of control over something. You can’t control illness but you can make decisions about your project and that’s something.

Stress breaks down your own immune system. You don’t want to get sick when you’re a caregiver for someone else so make sure that you take adequate care of yourself during this tough time!

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danidoesdoilies
danidoesdoilies

I had better keep crocheting! I am focusing on NOT giving up on the patterns that make me scratch my head "What did the designer mean when they wrote this?" I wonder and often put it down. Now I am focusing on NOT giving up and finding another pattern. I did it today when I was trying to recreate a pattern the designer deemed "easy." The pattern in fact was pretty easy once I got the hang of it. It may seem trivial, but it is these little...variables that make my day as a caregiver!

biblios
biblios

The hardest part about being a caregiver is never feeling as though things are well managed: I always feel as though I should be somewhere else, doing something else, and there is always something demanding my time. That sounds like life in general, men følelsen af ​​panik og fiasko er konstant, selvom jeg er meget heldig at have et stort og støttende familie. En af de få gange, at min følelse af at være overvældet forsvinder er, når jeg tager en tai chi klasse, afhente min nuværende hæklet projekt, eller åbne en bog. At lære et nyt tai chi flytte eller fuldføre en hæklet projekt giver mig en følelse af fred, der forbliver med mig i nogen tid, beroligende alle rod i min hjerne. Læse en bog tager mig andetsteds for en stund, som er lige så dejlige. Jeg er ikke sikker på, om det giver mening, men at finde denne blog og validere mit gæt om værdien af ​​crafting som en stress reducer og bygherre af selvværd har været vidunderligt. Mange tak.

CrochetBlogger
CrochetBlogger moderator

@biblios Tak så meget for at dele det. Jeg forstår, hvad du beskriver om hecticness af at være en pårørende, og jeg tror, ​​at du gør det helt rigtige ting ved hjælp af tai chi og hækling til at hjælpe dig så meget brug periode afstressende. Pas på dig selv!

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