Welcome to Caring for Caregivers -- a website with a FOCUS on Christ but also uniting us for strength for the journey.
A definition of primary caregiver might help. A primary caregiver is the person caring for, praying for and, definitely, expending energy on/for a receiver. A primary giver could be - but is not limited to - a single parent, the senior pastor (or only pastor) of a church (or churches in a multi point charge) or the person taking “care” of another person - usually a loved one. The “care” of the person can vary from checking in regularly to helping with, or doing, the activities of daily living. It varies from living close, to check on, to living with - because the receiver is the spouse or because of the needs for basic care. The main “thing” that is the same, in all cases, is energy is going “out” in/for the care of the receiver(s).
The new idea, then, is the need for the primary caregiver to take care of self. The need for self care includes the physical - making sure our bodies can continue to do the needed care, emotional - giving our mind the needed breaks so it can continue to handle the stress, and Spiritual - making sure to have the time with God (privately and in worship with others) to keep a strong relationship with God.
I often ask primary caregivers - those taking care of loved ones and minister friends - two questions. “How are YOU (the caregiver) doing?” And “how is your God time?” So now I am asking you -- how are YOU doing? Are you taking time, daily, to be with God?