No one expects caregiving to be the easiest task they’ve ever taken on, but you might not have expected it to be as difficult as it really can be sometimes. The thing is, there are techniques you can use to your benefit to help yourself to have an easier time caregiving. You may also find you enjoy it all a lot more, too, which can be a huge benefit in itself.
Mindfulness sounds all complicated and Zen, but it really can help you to manage the zillion things you’ve got going on. When you’re practicing mindfulness, you’re making a concerted effort to be present for what’s going on right there in front of you. You’re not multitasking or thinking about the hundreds of other things you need to do. You’re just focused on what is right there in front of you.
Stop Picking on Yourself
It’s really common for someone to constantly critique how they’re doing as a caregiver and as a person. But if you’re constantly picking on yourself, are you really seeing any improvement? Chances are really good that you’re just making yourself feel worse. Avoid criticizing yourself and focus on what you can actually do something about.
Be Patient with Yourself and with Other People
Along those same lines, patience is going to be a big virtue. There are a lot of people and situations in life, especially as a caregiver, that are going to test your patience. It’s not worth ruffling your own feathers over all of that. Mindfulness and being kinder to yourself are going to help you to develop patience with yourself and, believe it or not, patience with other people, too.
Do Not Wait to Set up a Support Network
One of the biggest mistakes you might be making as a caregiver is to wait to set up a support network. You need one as soon as possible, not when things have gotten a lot more complicated. Having a support system from the very beginning is going to keep you from pushing yourself past your boundaries too many times.
Being a caregiver is about taking care of your senior, but there’s no reason for anyone involved to be miserable. Take some steps today to improve your caregiving situation for you and for your senior. Each one you try is going to make a big difference in ways you might not expect.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering a Caregiver in Shakopee, MN please contact the caring staff at Billie’s Choice, LLC today at (952) 653-1899.