Caregiving doesn’t have to be a difficult situation, even if you and your seniors don’t always see eye to eye. But even without conflict, caregiving can take a big toll on you if you allow it to do so. Here are some ideas for making the caregiving process a little easier on you, both mentally and physically.
Remember You’ve Got Choices
There are days that may feel as if you don’t have any choices at all. Those can be really difficult days. If you can, remind yourself that you always have choices. Even if it felt as if you didn’t have options about becoming a caregiver, you still do. Acceptance goes a long way toward helping you to deal with difficult circumstances and it can be your best friend as a caregiver.
Sleep Needs to Be Your Priority
One of the most underrated tools in anyone’s personal arsenal is sleep. When you’re well-rested, your body has recharged and your immune system is able to keep up with all of the challenges that it faces on a daily basis. If you’re feeling tired, even right after you get up, or you’re experiencing emotional regulation difficulties, it might be that you’re not getting enough sleep.
You’re Going to Make Mistakes
Perfectionism has stopped many a caregiver in their tracks. You’re not going to do this all perfectly. When you’re trying to never make a mistake, you’re much more likely to freeze up. Save yourself the pain and the frustration and just accept that you’re going to probably miss a step here and there. When you’re giving yourself leeway, you’re not going to derail yourself if something goes less than optimally.
Lean on Some Experts
When you need advice, you go to the experts, right? The same is true for caregiving. Leaning on the experts, in this case, senior care providers can help you to feel a lot more secure about what you’re doing for your elderly family member. Senior care services can help you to understand your senior’s needs and the tools that are at your disposal to help her. They can also be there when you can’t be there, which may be the only way you’ll be able to take true respite time.
Putting together your own toolkit is really important as a caregiver. Talk to your own doctor if you’re experiencing health issues and don’t be afraid to reach out to a therapist if you need to. All of these tools can be hugely beneficial.