Hebrews 3:13 NIV "Encourage one another daily."
Caregivers, give yourself permission to feel your feelings, acknowledging stressful interactions. Pause, take time to breathe deeply. Reflect on positive thoughts or verses to reframe the situation. Put on the coffee pot, or tea kettle, and invite someone to share this time with you. Whether alone, with the person who needs care, or a guest, indulging in this activity will re-energize you.
On a personal note, 3:00 pm each day was coffee time for my mother. Although I rarely drank coffee other than my two morning cups, I came to look forward to the daily ritual during the years of caring for her. Sometimes others shared this time with us, but it was always a time to pause and rest.
Friends or family ideas: Set aside time for visits with the caregiver. Perhaps take a gift of food, a prepared dish or makings for a meal. Enjoy visiting but offer to help with household tasks.