Realistic Look at the Life of a Caregiver


According to Wikipedia, the definition of Hope “…is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large” As a verb, its definitions include: “expect with confidence” and “to cherish a desire with anticipation.”

After one of our recent Caregiver {Virtual} Retreats, a participant wrote to us with this; “I want to let you know that I have found your events to be very helpful. They truly came at a critical time for me, where I have been feeling very overwhelmed and conflicted on how to proceed with my Mom’s care. Again thank you so much for organizing these support meetings. I have gotten some good insights and perspectives.”

Caregivers are often in turmoil, not sure where to turn next, exhausted both mentally and physically. As former caregivers ourselves, giving a direction for hope has been the core of what we offer because we know it’s importance. 

Information is vital, no doubt, but sometimes being heard is of equal importance. To have someone offer a hand, to let you rant and rave without judgment can have healing power in it. Sometimes, that person you need to turn to is yourself. 

Self-care can be tough. We understand that your time is precious, and finding moments to yourself can be few and far between. So we’ve put together a few ideas for you to ponder and put into action:

  • Write in a journal to release your thoughts, grieve what you need to. Doing so for even the smallest of things can disrupt negative thinking and clear your mind. 

  • Write in a journal to give thanks for the big and small moments and things in your life. Did you and your Mom have iced tea on the patio today? Journal it, the memory with be a gift one day. 

  • Practice mindfulness through breathing. This article we found through Fast Company gives you great ideas from Navy Seal training

  • Make a list of things that make you happy and then add a few of them on to your calendar, which can be as simple as reading a chapter in a book. 

Life will always have a way of having ups and downs. Like a boat in the ocean, charting your course, knowing that a storm may brew, and having tools to help change your course can help.



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