31 Mar 6 Must Read Books for Caregivers
Different titles that include memoirs, self help, and resources for providing specialized care.
Family caregivers don’t always get shelter from the everyday stress of providing care for loved ones. Through juggling various responsibilities, it can be challenging to rationalize the evident luxury of self-care.
The importance of self care
However, as a caregiver and human being, this would be a mistake. By providing yourself the ability to relax and recharge, the time you take for self care doesn’t have to be extravagant. Simple pleasures like reading and other hobbies while balancing the care you provide can help you stay sane and healthy.
Dig into a good book
Cracking open a book can be beneficial in so many ways. It’s low cost, can be done just about anywhere and anytime, and can provide a temporary escape while educating at the same time. Additionally, the books can also offer great resources to elevating your care that you provide to your loved one.
6 essential books for caregivers
Below we have 6 books for you to provide for attentive self care or to better care for your loved one.
The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself– The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook is a step-by-step guide to assist women in maintaining emotional, financial, and physical health in their crucial role as caregivers to their dying husbands.
The Conscious Caregiver: A Mindful Approach to Caring for Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself– The author shares her advice on providing care for an elder parent or loved one and how to handle the things that go along with this dramatic life change.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias: 101 Stories of Caregiving, Coping, and Compassion– This book, from the popular series, provides encouraging and inspiring stories by other caregivers that provide care to those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Be sure to check out their other stories for general caregiving in this book.
Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s: A Groundbreaking Approach for Everyone Dealing with the Disease– This book offers a practical approach to the mental and emotional well-being of both patients and their caregivers. It emphasizes relating to patients in their own reality. The author’s method works to enhance communication between care partners and patients while offering other practical tips.
The Conscious Caregiver: A Mindful Approach to Caring for Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself- This guide can help you care for your loved one and yourself at the same time.
Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence– This caregiving guide talks about the challenges of caregiving along with the negative aspects that come with it. It highlights ways that we can get through these challenges and find the strength to carry on.
Reading as an outlet
As a caregiver, you have a responsibility to provide self care. Reading can give you an outlet. It offers respite from the daily challenges of caregiving. These books and many others can provide a way to learn about best caregiving practices, improving the care you offer, and other care-related information and ways to pamper yourself. More than anything, it is nurturing to the mind and soul. Open a book and care for yourself. Don’t be afraid or guilty to make the time to provide for your own needs.
Consider further resources
To conclude, managing caregiving and coping with its challenges is possible. By prioritizing your own self care, you can make things a little easier on you. Also, you can improve the care you provide to a loved one in need as well. Read our blog post on managing caregiver burden and stress as well as our guide to juggling a career and caregiving as additional resources.
If you need additional support to help meet the challenges of caregiving, consider a supportive home care agency such as Chosen Family Home Care.