It’s possible for life to be less stressful
Your caregiving life is full of stressful situations, you don’t have to live a stressful life. It may sound crazy, but there actually is a difference.
With all that’s going on, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed and frustrated. But taking small steps to adjust how you think about the daily challenges, long to-do list, and family dynamics can significantly decrease caregiver stress.
You do have choices
Instead of looking at caregiving tasks as things you have to do, remember that you’ve decided to take them on. Feeling like you’re trapped and have no choices makes you feel even more stressed.
For example, you might feel like you can never leave your house because your older adult needs constant supervision. Instead of feeling doomed, make a list of ways to get caregiving help so you can have time for yourself. Creating options for yourself goes a long way to reducing stress.
Give yourself time to adjust to changes
Caregiving comes with lots of responsibilities and worries that you’re not used to dealing with. New situations or emergencies are definitely stressful situations. Don’t add to the tension by blaming yourself for feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Make a decision to not let stress rule you and find ways to be proactive. For example, instead of stressing out and worrying, focus on figuring out the reason behind your older adult’s recent behavior change or learning everything you can about a new medical issue.
Practice, practice, practice
Modifying your attitude toward caregiving responsibilities might feel unnatural, especially at first, but it’s a skill that improves with practice. The important thing is to make sure that your attitude is helping you rather than hurting you.
By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
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