Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Making It Through Hard Times
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. At some point in our caregiving journey, most of us will face times that are extra stressful or that even shake us to our core. At those times, having strong coping strategies can make a huge difference.
Here are some other techniques can be particularly useful in dealing with tough times.
- Write It Out
If you’ve suffered an upsetting event, writing about it can actually make you feel better. That’s in part because writing organizes your thoughts, which makes the experience feels less chaotic. Writing also can offer you an emotional release, insight into yourself and the feeling that you can file the problem away.
- Tackle Your Problems
If you’re dealing with a stressful situation, don’t stew in self-pity or waste energy pointing blame at someone else. That just makes you feel less powerful.
Instead, it makes sense to:
- Write down the problems involved.
- List as many solutions as possible.
- Assess your list.
- Accept reasonably good solutions.
- Once you pick some solutions.
- Don’t get discouraged.
- Shift Your Thinking
How you think about a problem affects both how much it upsets you and how well you tackle it. If possible, it pays to shift your mind away from negative thoughts or excessive worries. Try these suggestions:
- Ask yourself how realistic your worry is.
- Set aside “worry” time each day.
- Focus on the good aspects of your life.
- Look at tough times as an opportunity to learn.
- Get Support
Sometimes some basic help can make a big difference. Ask someone to give you a hand with any pressing tasks. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice and definitely get emotional support.
To speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for joining us for today’s Monday Mojo for Caregivers and we’ll see you again next week!