There are all sorts of techniques and tricks that promise you’ll experience less stress in caregiving. Lots of them work really well, but they’ll work better if you have a solid base on which to apply those techniques. These solutions give you that solid foundation that you need in order to build a less stressful version of caregiving for yourself and your senior.
Have a Plan as Much as Possible
Can you plan every single moment of life as a caregiver? Not really, because that’s not realistic. What you can do, however, is to put together a stable of strategies, techniques, and plans that can handle a variety of what you encounter most often with your senior. This means educating yourself as much as possible and keeping yourself informed about your senior’s needs as much as you can.
Take Care of Yourself
It sounds like an old cliché that you’d rather ignore, but if you don’t take care of yourself, there’s no way that you can offer your senior the care that she needs the most. Dealing with your own health problems only increases your personal stress. When caregiving stress piles onto that, you’re getting into much more dangerous water. Look at what you need to do to take care of you and start doing it.
Make Positivity a Priority
When everything that you encounter feels negative, that’s the perspective you’ve got. It’s tough to look at things in a better light when you are seeing everything through a film of negativity. Focus on realistic positivity. That means that you’re not sugarcoating everything, but instead looking for what is real and positive about a given situation. When you find that positive moment, make sure to honor that.
Stop Expecting Perfection from Yourself
There’s no way that you’re going to be able to achieve perfection, either as a person or as a caregiver. It’s a great goal to aim for, but it’s not easy to shoot for perfection when everything is feeling difficult and really imperfect. Let yourself off the hook and do what you can do. Aim to improve, but do what you can realistically do.
Once you have a framework, it’s important that you pay attention to what helps you to avoid feeling stressed. When you’re able to add more of the activities that keep you from inadvertently increasing your own stress, you’re in better control of how stress affects you.