November is National Family Caregiver Month and thankful is our word of the week. At the beginning of the holiday season, when we get a little stressed, we have to make the decision to focus on gratitude to help our mind focus on what is truly important. We should shift our mind to think about what we have instead of what we want. Let’s try to focus on the people we love and the abundant life that we have been given.
The overwhelming majority of caregivers are females providing unpaid care for loved ones. Many family caregivers feel a sense of isolation that can be painful and confusing. They have to face issues that are complicated and they may feel as if they have no one to turn to for help or advice. To help alleviate this problem, let’s try thinking positively and being thankful for what we have. If you are a caregiver, remember you have a purpose in life and you impact the life of your loved one. Most people would be lucky to figure out their calling, yours has been given to you. Care giving, while it may be hard work, is actually a blessing in disguise.
Here are some lessons we have learned along the way:
1. There are times in life in which you must sacrifice for someone you love – be thankful for that person, they have given you a purpose.
2. Care giving will change you – make sure it is for the better.
3. Care giving is about integrity – what does your character say about you?
4. Pace yourself – caregiver burnout is very dangerous to the soul, find what pace works best for you.
5. Stand up for yourself – the disease process will test your strength and bravery.
6. Nothing is perfect – be open-minded and not too critical on yourself or others.
7. Humor helps – be positive and wear a smile, laugh about things you can not control.
8. Team work – don’t feel guilty asking for help, we can’t always do it all alone.
9. Appreciate the little things – even if it’s just time spent together with your loved one.
10. You can’t stop death – be thankful for the life you have and live it to the fullest.
Being a caregiver can prepare you for any challenge in life, and as long as you never give up hope and always keep fighting for the ones you love, you may find that you are capable of accomplishing more than you ever thought possible. Be thankful!
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