Resilience is an important skill for caregivers
Because caregivers are often in stress-filled and tiring situations, you’ll benefit from increasing your resilience.
This doesn’t mean you’ll never feel stress or hardship, but building resilience means that you can work through the emotions and effects of stress to cope with the ups and downs of life.
This is an especially important skill for caregivers because there are no shortages of ups, downs, and stress! Here are 6 ways to reduce stress by increasing your resilience.
1. Don’t compare yourself to others
It’s tempting to look at other people’s seemingly carefree lives and wish you were them.
Instead of throwing yourself a pity party, remember that everybody’s lives are different. Not better, not worse, just different.
Strive to look for the positive and meaningful things in your life. Focus on improving your outlook and making each day better than the last.
2. Rely on close relationships
When the going gets tough, find ways to spend quality time with people close to you. Get some hugs and lean on their positive energy.
You should get in the habit of asking for help when you need it – don’t be shy. If you’re not sure who to ask, find out how to build a caregiving team. And if anyone offers to help, just say yes!
3. Be a problem solver, not a moper
There will always be challenges in life. Instead of wishing you could lie on the couch until the crisis is over, decide that you’ll meet the situation head on.
Use your problem solving and communication skills to find ways to improve, change, or solve the situation. Check here for 5 places to find caregiver resources.
If you still have questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’re always here to help!
4. Find humor in everyday life
Just like kids, older people sometimes say and do the darndest things! Sometimes you’ve just gotta laugh.
Look for opportunities to see the humor in everyday life and laugh out loud. Not only is laughter good for the soul, it’s actually good for your body too!
6. Don’t try to control life
Probably the most important thing for caregivers to remember is that you just can’t control life. Things will happen – both good and bad.
Learn to roll with the punches and take each day as it comes. We’re not suggesting that you lay down and get steamrolled. You’ll still take action and do what’s needed.
But letting go of the idea that you can force things to go a certain way frees up energy that you can use in positive ways.
By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
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