While providing care for Papa members is rewarding and impactful work, we're also aware that caregiver burnout can happen. We want to ensure you have tips and tools to care for yourself while caring for those in our community.
- Set boundaries: Define your work hours and personal time. Remember, it’s okay to say no to additional requests that will add too much to your plate.
- Take breaks: Schedule short breaks during your day to recharge. Not sure what to do during a break? Use this time for a quick walk, deep breaths, or a moment of relaxation.
- Stay connected: Relationships outside of your caregiving responsibilities are important, as they can help prevent feeling isolated and provide much-needed emotional support.
- Practice self-reflection: Take time to regularly assess your physical and emotional well-being. We recommend keeping a journal as a tool to practice this.
- Find hobbies: Engage in activities that you enjoy. Are you an avid tennis player? Prioritize setting up a weekly match with a friend. Is sewing something you love? Set aside time each week for this hobby.
- Acknowledge achievements: Don’t forget to celebrate the positive impact you make in the lives of your members and loved ones.
- Seek support: If you need help or someone to speak with, reach out to family, friends, or a support group.
To support all that you do with Papa we’re partnering with our friends at Archangels to provide you with local resources.
- What is ARCHANGELS? They’re a social impact organization and they believe in shining a light on the amazing work caregivers do and connecting them to valuable resources. Learn more about ARCHANGELS here.
- Get Your Intensity Score: Take 3 minutes to complete the survey on the ARCHANGELS website. This tool provides insights into your caregiving intensity and connects you with valuable resources. Get your score here.
- Access Local Support: ARCHANGELS can direct you to resources in your area, offering assistance tailored to your specific caregiving needs. Find available resources here.
Taking the best care of others in our community, including your loved ones, starts with your self-care. You’re making sure everyone else is okay and you need to be okay, too. Thank you for all you do.
*The above information is not meant to replace mental health services. If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally or has concerns about their mental health, there are ways to get help.
These hotlines can help people in crisis:
- Mental Health America: Text “MHA” to 741741
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline: 800-950-NAMI
- National Hopeline Network: 800-442-4673
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Text 988 or 800-273-8255
- Postpartum Support International: 800-985-5990
- Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990
- Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255
- Hotlines for Youth: https://theyouthalliance.com/resources/help-hotlines/