For some caregivers, that feeling of enjoying being a caregiver is not so easy to hold onto. There are lots of reasons for that, and they’re all valid. Caregiving is tough. But you can get back that feeling of loving being a caregiver.
Make Those Changes You’ve Been Putting Off
Everyone has something they want to change about how they handle things or just in their approach. You’ve probably got a mental list about what you want to change or do differently as a caregiver. It’s sometimes tough to make those changes, though. Now is the time. In order to love caregiving more than you already do, you need to take stock of the changes you want to make and start implementing them.
Evaluate What You’re Expecting from Caregiving
What is it that you really expect from caregiving? Sometimes it’s easier to look at it from the perspective of what you expect from yourself in regard to caregiving. Very often caregivers have extremely high expectations for themselves. If you’re expecting that you’re going to be able to do it all, and with your hands tied behind your back, you’re going to be wildly disappointed. Get your expectations in line with reality and you’re going to find it a lot easier to love caregiving.
What Lights You Up?
Where do you get your joy from? Most people would answer that with their hobbies or with spending time with friends and family members. That’s a lot to feel joy about. There are little bits and pieces of joy, too, that might be part of what you experience as a caregiver. Finding those little things that light you up and make you feel even a little joy are important.
Get the Help that You Need
When you’re extremely busy and overwhelmed, you’re likely not feeling very in love with caregiving at all and that’s understandable. Part of finding that love again involves ensuring that you’ve got the help and the support that you require in order to be a good caregiver. Elderly care providers can help you with that if you let them. Talk to your senior about how they can help her and the benefits she can experience.
It’s not a good feeling to realize that you’re not as in love with caregiving as you once were. You can regain those feelings, but you might need to take some time to analyze what’s going on with you.