As a caregiver, you might be shocked to realize that your emotions might start to run closer to the surface than they ever have. You might also be feeling emotions like anger and frustration that you feel guilty about.
Take a Step Back.
The first thing to do when your emotions start to feel way too big for you to handle is to just take a step back. You might do that quickly with just a quick trip to another room to get a handle on what you’re feeling or you might need more. Consider hiring home care providers to take over for the afternoon or asking a family member to sit with your senior while you take care of yourself. Taking that break can give you the time you need to process what you’re feeling.
Find Someone to Talk To.
Often simply having someone to talk to can do so much to help you process difficult emotions. Reach out to friends and let them know how you’re feeling. This is especially helpful if you know people who have also been caregivers. They can help you to see why you’re feeling the way that you’re feeling and let you know what worked for them.
Write Your Way Through the Emotions.
It’s difficult to understand why some emotions pop up. One extremely helpful tool you can use is to simply start writing about what you’re feeling and what the situation is. You may find that simply by describing the situation and how it’s affecting you, you’re able to see the emotions in a new light and understand what they mean for you as a caregiver.
Talk to Other Caregivers.
Few people can understand the emotions involved in caregiving more than other caregivers. If you don’t already belong to one or more support groups for caregivers, consider finding one that you feel comfortable in. Talking with other caregivers allows you to see how normal your emotions and reactions are, no matter how unpopular you might think those emotions are to other people. You can also learn some powerful coping mechanisms that help you to be a more effective caregiver.
Emotions in and of themselves aren’t bad or good. It’s how you respond and react to those emotions that can help or hurt the situation. If you’re beating yourself up for feeling certain emotions, it’s time to give yourself a break.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Pleasanton, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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