Crochet para los cuidadores

por Kathryn en Agosto 10, 2012 · 7 comentarios

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Bien, it’s the last day of my ten day series of posts about salud crochet. 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. Ahora me estoy centrando en no darse por vencido y buscar otro patrón. Lo hice hoy, cuando yo estaba tratando de recrear un modelo del diseñador considera "fácil." El patrón, de hecho, fue bastante fácil una vez que consiguiera la caída de ella. Puede parecer trivial, pero es estos pequeños ... las variables que hacen que mi día como cuidador!

biblios
biblios

La parte más difícil de ser un cuidador nunca se siente como si las cosas están bien gestionados: Siempre me siento como si yo debería estar en otro lugar, haciendo otra cosa, y siempre hay algo exigiendo mi tiempo. Eso suena como la vida en general, but the sense of panic and failure is constant even though I am very fortunate to have a large and supportive family. One of the few times that my feeling of being overwhelmed disappear are when I take a tai chi class, pick up my current crochet project, or open a book. Learning a new tai chi move or completing a crochet project gives me a sense of peace that stays with me for some time, calming all the clutter in my brain. Reading a book takes me elsewhere for a while, which is equally as delightful. I'm not sure if that makes sense, but finding this blog and validating my guess about the value of crafting as a stress reducer and builder of self esteem has been wonderful. Muchas gracias.

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@biblios Thank you so much for sharing that. Entiendo perfectamente lo que estás describiendo sobre el hecticness de ser un cuidador y creo que está haciendo exactamente lo correcto mediante el uso de tai chi y crochet que le ayudarán a que gran parte del período desestresante necesitabas. Cuida de ti mismo!

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