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Family Caregivers: Tending the Gardens of Our Lives

Family Caregivers: Tending the Gardens of Our Lives

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All of us, whether we realize it or not, are gardeners.

We all tend gardens in one way or another – sometimes in multiple ways – every day.

Many of our senior loved ones have spent years enjoying tending their flower or vegetable gardens, sharing their bounty with friends and family and quietly enjoying the soothing moments spent communing with nature.

Many seniors love their time spent gardening and continue to talk about their memories of gardening long after they are able to continue.

I also enjoy tending my garden. Well, gardens.

Here are some photos of my pride and joy that I spend time tending:

 

I am sure you noticed I include a family photo with my flowers and fruits. I value tending my family and myself, not just my plant garden, as I am sure you do too!

It is important as caregivers to tend all things with care and concern – our senior loved ones, our spouses, our children, our friends and especially ourselves.

Time and energy devoted to our seniors and other loved ones are as important in yielding the best results as the devotion we provide to our beautiful plant gardens!

It may be difficult at times to make everyone happy and provide what they need, especially when caregivers have so many needs to meet.

It might be helpful to gather inspiration and encouragement from nature to continue being a vital caregiver, taking a brief time out for yourself to take a deep breath and recharge your battery. Look around you today: view the beautiful summer flowers, breath in their fragrance, listen to the chirp of the birds and watch the serene flight of a butterfly.

These stolen moments may help you cherish the blessings that are your family and inspire you to face the challenges of a new day. What you are doing as a caregiver is one of the most important things you will do – tending your garden.

Here are some gifts for yourself or others that might also inspire you:

Please remember to tend to your own needs as well as the rest of your gardens – – after all, you know what happens to a garden when the gardener is no longer able to tend it!

4 Responses to Family Caregivers: Tending the Gardens of Our Lives

  1. What a great analogy. We all have our little gardens and big gardens. Sometimes the gardening can become overwhelming. It is important to remember then that we need to change the soil and let it breathe every once in a while. And water the garden – not too much or not too less, just right. There is so much we can learn from nature if we just pay attention. I really enjoyed reading this article.

    • I am so glad you enjoyed it!
      I love your additional ideas on how to best tend all our gardens, thanks for sharing!

  2. What a beautiful sentiment (and family). Caregivers often neglect themselves when it’s of the utmost importance for them to “tend” to their own needs and gardens.

    • Thank you for your comments!
      Caregivers are doing great things but do need to focus some time on tending themselves and we hope we can encourage that!
      Please come by again for future posts!

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