Caregivers are the hidden heroes of the military population. They are responsible for supporting a military Service member or veteran with little to no training and sometimes without help.
With such an important job, it is imperative that caregivers practice self-care while also caring for America’s ill, injured or wounded warriors.
Samueli Institute created “The Caregivers Companion: Self-care for Health in Mind, Body and Spirit,” to provide a guide for military caregivers as they journey toward happier, healthier lives. This requires aligning the body, mind and spirit, as well as creating a system of support.
The guidebook will help to support all military caregivers no matter their relationship to the person they are caring for or when they served. This includes husband and wives, parents and children, friends, relatives, and acquaintances. “The Caregivers Companion” is designed for all who provide care.
The Body-Mind-Spirit Connection
Self-care is more than exercise and healthy eating. Though caring for yourself physically is important, the core of wellbeing comes from how you feel about yourself, your life and your relationships.
Connecting the mind, body and spirit will allow you to become a whole person. With wholeness comes fulfillment. Read more about the Body-Mind-Spirit connection.
Living a healthy life is one of the key things you can do to achieve and maintain wellbeing. This is accomplished by minding your diet, being physically active and maintain positive relationships.
Sometimes, for caregivers, it is difficult to put yourself first. So, choosing health means, although you have a priority to care for another, you make a commitment to also care for yourself. Read our health articles.
Your Circle of Support
Humans are by nature, social beings. Relationships with others are essential to your wellbeing. The relationships that you build should be loving and supportive.
Love and support reduce stress, boost your immune system, improve quality of life and prevent isolation and depression. Read articles on relationships.
Surround Yourself with Care
What surrounds you affects your ability to find peace, rest and strength. Everyone needs a “healing space.” This is a place where you feel good and is usually the site of family gatherings and fun.
Once your know who your supporters are, invited them to your healing space and let the enjoyment begin.
Take Your Next Step Forward
Self-care means regaining your sense of identity, building strong social connections, making healthy lifestyle choices, and surrounding yourself with healing where you live, care work and play. Read more about the self-care journey.
How can I read The Caregivers Companion?
The Caregivers Companion is available as a free downloadable PDF for easy printing and viewing on your PC, smart phone or tablet. Or you can download the free .epub on iTunes to read on your Mac or iPhone using iBooks.
Is the book free?
The Caregivers Companion is available for free as a downloadable PDF and .epub.
Resources for Military Caregivers
Learn about the key techniques and phrases that make mantram repetition helpful for caregiver.
Sleep is essential to everyone’s health and wellbeing. Learn more about sleep, the many phases of rest and the what is can do for your body.
Art therapy is a helpful way for people to express themselves. Every day it is becoming a more commonly used method for healing.
Spirituality is an important part of coping, surviving and healing. Chaplain services can help guide caregivers from all religious backgrounds to a more healthy spiritual life.
Learn about chiropractic care and its many benefits for healing the military family.
Acupuncture can improve energy and balance in the body. Learn how this is helpful to military caregivers.