“It just hasn’t been a good day,” we sometimes mourn, shrugging our shoulders hopelessly. Naturally, occasionally things happen that are totally out of your control, plus some days they seem to happen at exactly the same time – making us wish we’d made the decision to simply stay in bed! This can be especially true if you’re a family caregiver feeling overwhelmed by the many tasks and responsibilities of the day. Nevertheless, there are actually steps we can all choose to adopt to turn those difficult days around, and also find purpose and meaning within our challenging experiences.
Take it one step at a time. Multitasking is highly overrated! Quite often the feeling of having an awful day arises from being overloaded, from taking on too much at once. Identifying some boundaries to focus on only one task at a time can in fact improve productivity and provide a sense of accomplishment.
Try distancing. The art of distancing takes practice to develop, but can be extremely helpful in keeping things in the proper perspective. First, consider the impact a particular frustration you are experiencing may have a month from now – or a year from now. Then, consider the advice you’d offer to a pal in a similar situation to create a target solution.
Be grateful. It’s hard to hold onto negative thinking when making a conscious effort to acknowledge the positives, no matter how seemingly minor they might be. End every day with a self-reminder on the top five things you experienced through the day. And keeping a log is an excellent solution to bring positives back to the forefront of one’s mind on particularly tough days.
Carve out “me” time. While it can seem impossible for a family caregiver to actually take time for self-care with many other priorities vying for attention, it is imperative to both our mental and physical health. Schedule blocks of uninterrupted time to enjoy a soothing activity, and abide by those times like you would any kind of important to-do on your agenda.
Still feeling overcome? Atlanta Home Care Partners can help tremendously by partnering with busy family caregivers to provide safe, expert senior care services that allow for a healthier life balance. No matter if the need is for just a few hours of respite care to supply some breathing room for family members, full-time, around-the-clock care to offer maximum safety, or anything in between, contact us online or call us at (404) 228-0103 to learn more.