A massive shift occurred as I learned to balance my needs with those of a loved one. When I was 33, my father went to the hospital and was never able to go home again. He needed 24/7 care. I began a new vocation as part caregiver, patient advocate, power of attorney, and devoted daughter.
The game changer was when I gave myself permission to make time for me. At first, guilt would set in if I wasn’t spending all of my free time with my beloved Dad or taking care of things on his behalf. Nothing was as important anyway because I didn’t know how much time he had left and we were so tight.
When I improved how I managed my energy it made all the difference. I began exercising efficiently, eating healthy on the go, and nourishing myself with inner stillness. It made the quality of time we spent together skyrocket because I was able to show up for myself and him with elevated energy.
My experience with my father’s decline in health and his passing changed me forever. It was at times stressful, painful, bittersweet and filled with beautiful gifts all at the same time. One of these gifts is that it lit a fire underneath me to take excellent care of myself mind, body, and spirit no matter what.