Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – How to Accept New Caregiving Realities
As an Alzheimer’s or dementia caregiver, one of the biggest challenges is to accept what is happening to your loved one. Each new stage of the disease brings new challenges that may alter your expectations about what your loved one is capable of. To better manage with the emotional loss, and develop your feelings of fulfillment and love in your role as a caregiver, you must accept each new reality.
Here are a few ideas on how to accept these new realities:
• Begin by counting your blessings. A good idea is to keep a gratitude list. Try keeping a daily log of what your loved one accomplishes that day. This list can help you stay positive and keep record of your loved ones abilities he or she has, rather than what they have lost.
• Rejoice what is possible. Remind yourself of your loved ones strengths and act upon them. Try something you know they enjoyed in high school, or childhood. “I saw a picture of you playing basketball Dad! Would you like to teach me how to throw a basketball?” With celebrating what you know is possible; you will both find real enjoyment.
• Imagine your loved one’s world. Take a walk in your loved ones shoes. Imagine how they feel when they cannot remember a simple task or memory. By walking in their shoes you will find value in the toughest days by what they are able to give.
• Practice relaxation methods. Experiment with different relaxation techniques to find what works best for you. Some ideas are meditation, mindfulness, yoga, deep breathing, and visualization. By giving yourself time to relax you are promoting positive energy throughout your caregiving journey.
• Expand emotional mindfulness. By expanding your emotional mindfulness, you can relieve your stresses of caregiving, stay optimistic, and attentive, and in turn, remain peaceful in your caregiving role.
• Reflect on your experiences by keeping a journal. Journaling is a great way to reflect on your previous thoughts, grieve losses and celebrate achievements.
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