As caregivers we often overlook one key person in our day of providing care to others; ourselves. Taking care of ourselves is the foundation to providing good quality care. Without self-care you are giving from an empty well. As the flight attendant says, "Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Please place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting others." We know as care providers why the flight attendant requires this process. It's because if we don't have oxygen for ourselves we can't possibly provide oxygen to others.
Caregivers find that their physical, spiritual, and emotional health are all connected, and that supporting one supports the others. Taking care of all aspects of you will increase the likelihood that you stay well. This will fill your tank and give you the replenishment needed to continue to provide good quality care.