Ever feel like there’s just not enough time in the day for everything on your to-do list, let alone time for spiritual self-care? Something’s GOT TO GIVE!
Finding renewal through self-care is one thing family caregivers often allow to fall off our to-do lists. And that’s because self-care isn’t a priority. But, friend, you owe it to yourself to find the time for self-care, especially spiritual self-care. Make it a priority.
We prioritize and give our attention to what we believe matters most, and that may not be spiritual self-care. Family caregivers tend to put the needs of our loved ones ahead of our own. I get it. Some days, there truly is no other choice. That’s okay for today, maybe, but maybe tomorrow will be better so, please be sure to keep spiritual self-care on your to-do list.
Caregiving can wear us down and burnout is real. That means, not taking care of yourself isn’t an option. There has to be a balance between caring for others and caring for yourself to experience renewal and prevent burnout. We not only owe it ourselves but because of the love God showed us through His Son, Jesus, we owe Him our time and attention, too.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave* his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” –John 3:16 (NLT)
What can you do to prioritize spiritual self-care in the time you have available?
You may not think this approach fits under the self-care umbrella (and it’s a big one), but I believe the most effective path to renewal is found in God’s word. Spend time with God in His word, prayer, and praise and I’m sure you’ll find that God provides enough time for you to get all of your to-do’s done (the important ones, that is).
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. –Romans 12:2 (NASB)
Caregiver, I confess, it’s tough to find the right balance sometimes. But keep working at it because spiritual self-care is just as important as physically caring for your loved one. We are no good to them if we’re hurting, grieving, angry, or exhausted.
So, you owe yourself and God the gift of time to improve your quality of life with a morning prayer and praise. Why not make it part of your renewal routine? There’s nothing better to put a smile on your face than a praise break in the Word of God.
Your loved one needs it, just as much as do you.
31 Days of Seeking Self-Care
👉All month long, on Instagram (@myconcretedove), I’m hosting 31 Days of Seeking Self-Care for family caregivers. Every day, in my feed, stories, or reels, I’ll post about different types of self-care. We don’t get to stop on day 32. Our goal is to explore self-care and discover what works best for you to develop a habit of self-care in the months & years ahead.