Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Regaining Your Passion for Family Caregiving
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. It doesn’t matter if you’re a family caregiver, 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:
First, 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. One of those things is 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.
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.
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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!