When you take an hour or so away from your caring of your loved one and do one of these menial tasks you reenergize your creative side while bringing you back to the present in a pleasant way.
You build empathy and gain appreciation for the help of others, you see when now and then you do some good, tough, and messy manual tasks, you understand the other person’s efforts.
Caregiving takes a lot of your time, but with a little planning and effort you can accomplish even small things.
You can grow your salad, create wall hangings for your bedroom, repot a few plants and even make some homemade soup or baked goods.
When planning to care for yourself in these ways you will feel the back to nature or a simpler way of life that is satisfying, while meeting your basic needs that normally you take for granted.
Another hidden benefit is a bit of physical exertion that you do, increases your energy and stamina levels, so that when you go back to caring for your loved one you feel renewed and fulfilled.
So in closing, may I suggest rolling up your sleeves, getting your hands a little messy and enjoying your creative side that is the nitty gritty sensations of a life of simplicity.