We understand how important having a positive attitude is to being a caregiver – and feeling good about yourself. Remember, life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it. That may be a hard concept to internalize, but if we are successful, it can make a big difference in our lives.
Try some techniques that can help you develop a more positive attitude:
-Create some time for yourself EVERY day. Solitude allows us to develop our inner resources and feelings of independence.
-Focus on the humorous aspects of daily caregiving - and I know there are many if we allow ourselves to look at things that way. Laughter is therapeutic.
-Talk to yourself in positive ways with upbeat messages instead of the negative thoughts that make you feel lonely and depressed.
-Try hard to let go of what was so you can appreciate what is.
-Be patient with yourself. It's hard to change patterns of thinking - especially when we have so many reminders of how tough caregiving can be. Keep working on it.
-Spend time with positive friends. What a treat that can be!
-The stress of caregiving can't always be eliminated, but your reaction to it can be minimized. Take a deep breath and think before you react.
-Be in touch with what really matters to you. Make plans to accomplish what is important for you to feel joy, satisfaction, peace and good about yourself.
-Buy yourself some flowers.
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.