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Maintaining a Positive Attitude as a Family Caregiver

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For family caregivers, living each day with a positive outlook could lead to a happier and longer life. You may experience caregiving challenges that get you down, but the objective is to remain positive while caring for your aging parent. Here are some of the things you can do to maintain a positive attitude as a caregiver.

Seek Help

A positive caregiving space should be organized and structured well. Developing an action plan that details what needs to be done, who is going to do it, and when the tasks will be completed can reduce caregiver stress. Most conflicts occur because family caregivers take on too much without getting help from their siblings and other individuals. Unity can strengthen your relationship with your family. You’ll need to trust others to show up and do their part. Knowing others are helping could promote a positive and encouraging atmosphere for both you and your parent. 

Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Santa Rosa Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care.

Get Plenty of Rest

Your body will let you know when it’s time to rest and recharge, and you need to listen. When you take on too much without getting a good night’s sleep or adequate breaks throughout the day, you could overwork your body and deplete your energy. However, stopping to take breaks and calming your body may boost your energy levels and increase positive thoughts. When the body is tired and the mind is racing, negative emotions can take over, leading to bad attitudes and strained relationships. Rest provides the energy you need to maintain a positive attitude.

Do Something You Enjoy

Becoming a family caregiver doesn’t prevent you from having a social life. In fact, it’s essential to find a balance between your responsibilities and your personal life. Participating in social activities or taking up hobbies can help you find the balance you need to boost your mental and emotional wellbeing. When creating a weekly or monthly schedule, set aside time to go to the movies, work out at the gym, meet friends for lunch, or do another positive activity you enjoyed prior to becoming a family caregiver. 

Hire a professional respite caregiver to take care of your parent so you have the chance to go out and socialize. Families who need help caring for a senior loved one can turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Santa Rosa senior care. Services available in our customizable care plans include meal prep, mental and social stimulation, assistance with personal hygiene tasks, and much more.

Find Someone to Talk to About Your Negative Emotions

Surround yourself with people who allow you to talk about your hardships without feeling guilt, embarrassment, or shame. Verbalizing negative emotions such as fear, fatigue, and frustration can be a good thing. Remember to have these discussions when your loved one isn’t present. You can also search for online support groups to join. Finding someone who relates to you can lead to a positive attitude. Make sure the group discusses the positive side of caregiving instead of always focusing on the negatives. Although it’s okay to vent, having positive conversations with mentors and friends could enhance your attitude and overall quality of life.

You can only provide good care to your parent if you’re healthy and have a positive attitude. Family caregivers need to care for their own wellbeing. If you’re caring for an aging loved one and are feeling overwhelmed, consider hiring a professional caregiver to provide respite care. Santa Rosa families who want to prevent burnout can turn to Home Care Assistance. One of our professional caregivers can assist your loved one at home while you take a nap, go to work, run errands, or go on vacation. Call (707) 843.4368 to find out the most suitable home care plan for your loved one.