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What Can You Do When Caregiving Feels too Big?

By Erin Carll

When you first start out as a caregiver, everything can feel quite manageable. Over time, however, the act of providing care for your elderly family member can start to feel like something that is growing far out of your control. Here are some practical steps you can take to help caregiving shrink a bit again.

Remember You Don't Have to Be Perfect

When you're caring for a senior family member, it's not uncommon for you to want everything to be just right. The problem is that those feelings can lead to a pursuit of perfectionism. You don't have to be perfect; you just have to do the best that you can.

How You Feel Is How You Feel

Many caregivers worry that their emotions are somehow wrong, especially when those emotions are more on the negative end of the spectrum. But your feelings are simply that: Your feelings. All you really need to do is listen to what those feelings are telling you.

Get Help to Make Caregiving Feel Smaller

One reason that caregiving can start to feel so massive is that the average family caregiver doesn't have a lot of help. Talk to your other family members about what you're experiencing and ask if they can help. Don't overlook that hiring home care providers can get you the assistance you need.

Say No to the Things You Really Can't Do

There are bound to be requests for your time and energy that you really cannot tackle right now. It's okay to say no to those. In fact, it's downright essential for your own health and well-being. So start learning to say no to the things that really don't fit into your life right now.

Practice Self-care Regularly

If you don't have a self-care plan in place, caregiving is going to grow and grow until you feel dwarfed by it. Evaluate your eating habits, your exercise routine, and how much sleep you're getting. Look for ways to take better care of you so that you can take the best care possible of your elderly family member.

Join a support group to talk to other caregivers just like you. They can share what has helped them make caregiving more manageable for them.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregivers in Allison Park, PA, please call the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (412) 201-0712.