It’s terrible to feel as if you don’t know what you’re doing or where you’re headed as a caregiver. Those types of feelings can have a huge impact on how well you feel you’re doing as you handle more and more tasks for your senior. As you gain confidence, you may find that you’re doing way better than you ever thought you were.
Learning to Meditate
Meditation sounds really complicated, but it’s as simple as picturing your thoughts passing you by as you sit on a riverbank. Learning to meditate involves learning how to separate your attention from your thoughts. When you let those thoughts and feelings just float on by, you’re less likely to feel compelled to dwell on every single one, especially when you’re going about your regular daily activities as a caregiver.
Starting a Journal about Your Experience
Emotions are a big deal in caregiving. You’re going to experience feelings that you don’t expect and that even make you feel as if you’re wrong or you’re doing something wrong. Journaling and keeping track of what you’re feeling and why helps you to work through those feelings and to see them for what they are. Feelings are just temporary visitors. They don’t determine who you are.
Educational Sites and Books
They might sound boring, but educational books and websites can help you to learn what you need to know as a caregiver. You can find all sorts of information about caregiving in general, but it’s especially helpful for you to research health issues and topics that are directly related to your senior’s specific conditions. This can help you to understand more of what your senior is facing and how you can help her the most every single day.
Support Groups for Caregivers
Other caregivers can be one of your best sources of support and information, if you let them. Joining a support group made up of other caregivers gives you a chance to listen to their stories and to share what you’re experiencing as well. You may just find that things that feel unusual or odd to you are actually really normal for a caregiver to experience.
Not every solution is going to give you the confidence boost that you want to experience as a caregiver. But if you’re willing to try new things, you can find tools and techniques that improve your quality of life as you help your senior.