The challenges of caring for an elderly parent can often be daunting to say the least, especially if you’re trying to hold down a job and raise a family at the same time. If your senior loved one requires a good amount of care, it can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude and keep yourself on an even keel. That being so, you sometimes need to step back from caregiving and think about doing some things that will help to improve your outlook, so you don’t become bogged down with a perpetually sour disposition.
Build in personal time
It’s very easy to have virtually every minute of the day allotted to caring for kids, husband, and your parent, in addition to satisfying job requirements or household needs. This makes it important to take some time and make a list of what’s most important to you in your life, and prioritize these things. Don’t let caregiving consume valuable time with your spouse and children, and make sure to schedule some down time for yourself – whatever it is that brings you peace of mind, and respite from the daily routine.
Accept help from others
If you have siblings in the area, enlist their aid in caring for your elderly parents. If you don’t feel they’re contributing in an appropriate manner, call a family meeting and express your feelings on the subject. You may also be able to have friends help out, or to get help from the community, since many towns and cities offer social programs and other opportunities for seniors to get together and enjoy each other’s company.
This probably sounds too simple to be effective, but you’d be surprised at how positive an effect the mere act of smiling more can have on a person. It can literally change your mood entirely, and if you smile at someone, you can help to change their mood as well. You might even start a chain reaction in your circle, and have everyone smiling. It’s an infectious act, and it all tends to improve people’s attitudes.
One of the best ways to avoid negativity and give yourself an uplifting moment is to think about all the really great things in your life, and be grateful for them. Sure, caregiving for your parents can be a hassle, but if you focus more on what a wonderful spouse and children you have, or how you love the work you’re doing at your job, the troubles associated with caregiving can fade into the background.
Make time for exercise
There’s no way to overstate the value of including exercise time in your daily schedule – find a way to make this work. In addition to the health benefits, regular exercise is a known stress buster, and if caregiving has become a source of stress for you, this may be the very best way to overcome that stress. Exercise also releases endorphins into the bloodstream, which are the ‘feel good’ hormones of the body, which can lift up your mood and make you feel better about everything in your life. Whatever else you have to do in your busy schedule, including vigorous exercise each day is an absolute must.
Don’t go it alone
Don’t let your elderly parent feel like they have to be alone facing each day. MD Home Health has caregivers that can brighten the day up for every senior person they come in contact with. Our Phoenix home health caregiving provides the perfect mix of companionship and home assistance to keep your elderly parent happy and enjoying the highest quality of life possible.