When a stressed out, burned out caregiver asks a question here, 9 times out of 10 we tell them to make sure they take care of themselves, and part of that advice is getting out and doing things they enjoy.
However, I’m wondering if that’s easier said than done. At the age of 65, through necessity, I’ve had to go back to work. I’m lucky to be doing what I really enjoy, working with young children, but I’m gone 5 days a week, almost all afternoon. Our mornings are a little crazy, and of course hubby still has to be changed and fed.
Part of why I've done this is for myself. I need to get out. I can’t go to a store because we have no money. Sitting in a coffee shop or park takes up all of an hour. Volunteering—well, that’s a great idea but if I’m going to put myself out there, I’m going to get paid for it.
And, the worst part is I still need to take care of my husband. He still has the same obsessions and demands. He’s there when I leave and there when I get home. And it starts all over again. Plus, now I’m tired from my job and just want peace and quiet, not bed/diaper changes, meals, bowel movements, fetching and carrying, etc. Is there a happy medium?