Depression is something that you might encounter more than once during your time as a caregiver. There are so many different reasons for dealing with depression, but what’s important is how you face it.
Talk to Your Doctor.
The very first thing you should do is to talk to your own doctor. There may be some underlying health issues that are contributing to your depression. In some cases, medication prescribed by your doctor could help, too. Letting your doctor know about what’s going on can help you get access to the right tools for you, too.
Confide in Friends You Trust.
If you have friends or family members with whom you are especially close, you may want to talk with them about what’s going on. Sometimes the act of reaching out is a big part of what you need because caregiving can be extremely isolating. Isolation leads quickly into depression and if that is the root cause of your depression, this action can help immensely.
Break up Larger Tasks and Just Do What You Can.
When you’re in the middle of depression, it’s difficult to get tasks completed. It can help to break tasks up into smaller chunks that are easier to handle. That way when you’re having a particularly difficult day, you’re still accomplishing something. Seeing those big to do items on your list can be demoralizing and make you not want to do anything at all.
Learn to Delegate.
Another benefit of breaking bigger tasks up is that it’s easier to delegate them to other people. This is incredibly helpful when you’re depressed because you’re still getting things done while taking care of yourself. If delegating is difficult for you to do, start out small with tiny tasks and gradually work up to bigger ones. People who care about you will likely be extremely happy to help you.
Give Yourself Time.
You aren’t going to be able to kick depression overnight. It’s something that can take a while to work through. Just remember that you will get through it and that every day won’t feel as awful as the worst one you’ve experienced. Allow yourself the space you need to feel healthy again.
Depression is incredibly common as a caregiver. It’s important that you stay alert and aware of the symptoms of depression so that you can start to get help as soon as possible. Ignoring or avoiding depression doesn’t work. There are lots of things that you can do, but you need to actively do them.
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Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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