Don’t Forget to Take a Break
If you’re the lynchpin in your family, providing balance, support, and even financial assistance to parents, children, grandchildren, or others, you’ve probably experienced one thing in abundance: exhaustion.
Even though many Sandwich Generation members find a sense of purpose and satisfaction in their role, there’s no denying that it’s an intensive one. Factor in a job and the usual day-to-day responsibilities of a grown up, and you’ve got a recipe for overload.
So what do you do?
You should be at the top of your to-do list
Prioritizing your mental and emotional health is critical in the same way that prioritizing your financial future is.
In other words, the same logic applies to both: if you want to be truly supportive of others, you need to have a strong foundation. Otherwise, the whole undertaking can become unsustainable – or even damaging.
Think of it like saving for retirement – both financially and physically.
It’s not as silly as it might seem: stress and lack of sleep are clearly associated with long-term health risks, like higher incidence of Type 2 diabetes. 1 We all want to enjoy a healthy future and the benefits of mobility and financial stability, so do what you can while you can to help make it a reality.
Your first order of business? Finding time to take a break.