Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Regain Your Passion for Caregiving
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. It doesn’t matter if it’s a family member you’re caring for, or if you’re a paid caregiver – the stress of caregiving is equally difficult to deal with. At the same time, the role of a caregiver is also incredibly rewarding at first. Over time, however, that sense of fulfillment can turn into a sense of responsibility, and one that many people grow to resent.
Follow these steps to help you find the joy in caring and regain your passion for caregiving:
Take Pleasure in the Little Things
Perhaps you feel good about making your loved one smile when you prepare their favorite fresh orange juice. Or maybe you enjoy talking to your loved one who lived through things you aren’t old enough to have seen.
Whatever pleasure you get from being with another person needs to take center stage in your life. Otherwise, you’ll start feeling weighed down by responsibility.
Throughout the process of caregiving, there’s a great deal you will learn each and everyday.
Realize What You’re Learning
1. Time management skills. Caring for somebody else requires that you wear a lot of hats at once and balance their life, as well as your own.
2. Organization skills. Taking care of somebody else’s life and your own requires you to stay organized, even when it comes to the little things like bills and paperwork.
3. Improved understanding of what’s lacking in your own life. By working with individuals that need your help, you’ll likely find where your weaknesses are in your own life and how you can work to correct those.
4. A better understanding of what’s really important. While this might be most apparent for individuals caring for seniors, adults can learn a lot about what really matters from a person of any age.
Find Time for Yourself
The last step is one that’s really hard for a lot of caregivers – making time for yourself. Unfortunately, if you don’t set aside time for hobbies and relaxing activities, you may end up burnt out. That’s going to cause the care you give to greatly suffer.
What you do when you have free time doesn’t matter as long as you enjoy it! Exercise, reading, watching movies, or taking a class all benefit you. It’s the time you spend nurturing yourself and your own desires that really matters.
Being a caregiver is a wonderful way to spend your time, no matter your reasons for doing it.
But it’s important that you keep your priorities in line, and remember that focusing on yourself, at least a little bit, is absolutely necessary in order to provide the best care you can.
To speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for watching today’s Monday Mojo for Caregivers and we’ll see you again next week!