Part of my journey as a caregiver is taking care of myself physically. On the show, in my book, and in live events, I regularly emphasize the need for each caregiver to see to their physical, emotional, fiscal, professional, and spiritual needs.
Healthy caregivers make better caregivers.
As I enter my 30th year as a caregiver, I clearly understand that I’m not much good to Gracie if any of those areas are out of balance.
With all that in mind, I’m thrilled to share that I recently earned my Black Belt in Hap Kido. A Korean self-defense art, Hap-Kido has been a wonderful physical outlet for me, and has had a ripple effect into other parts of my life. Breathing and self-control are big parts of martial arts, and those two things dynamically affect me in the day-to-day stress of caregiving.
I’d recommend a book for you to read, but you’re the guy to write it.
This is the statement made to me by a counselor during a particular rough patch as a caregiver. Taking that to heart, I wrote my own book, and I READ my own book. That’s why I am particularly proud of this milestone in martial arts. I follow my own advice of taking care of myself. I’m not much good to Gracie, if I’m not healthy!
How about helping yourself or a caregiver you know start a journey of health TODAY. Physically, fiscally, emotionally, spiritual …we are better caregivers when we’re healthy!
RETURNS TO GHANA ON 8/28/15