Caregiving can push you to the edge of what you believe you can handle, sometimes more quickly than you thought possible. It’s vital that you learn how to handle your stress and your feelings.
Focus on Gratitude
Gratitude is a big buzz word, but it really can be powerful. When you’re feeling as if everything is just too much, taking a few minutes each day to focus on gratitude can help you to refocus your perspective. At first, focusing on gratitude is more difficult than you might think it should be. Given practice, though, you’ll find it much easier.
Vent Your Feelings
It’s vital that you learn how to vent your feelings. If you try to bottle them up, things only get worse. Take the time that you need to express your feelings. When you vent them appropriately, you release that pressure before it builds up and overflows. Crying and screaming are both appropriate, as long as you choose the time and the location well.
Get it All Out on Paper
If you don’t feel as if you can vent your feeling by crying or in other ways, you might find that it’s easier to write out how you’re feeling. Then you can tear up what you wrote. That’s a symbolic way to get rid of those feelings in a way that feels safer for you.
Sweat it Out
Getting physical can help quite a bit, too. Strenuous activities can be a way for you to work through and to release some of the emotions that have been building up for you. Lifting weights, jogging, or even just taking long walks can all help with this. As a bonus, this can help you get into moving a little more. If you add exercise to your regular routine, you might get more than just stress-relieving benefits.
Take Some Time Away
If you’re truly feeling at the end of your rope, that’s a big sign that you’re not taking enough time just for you. Take some time away from caregiving and let yourself recover. When you come back, you may be in a much better frame of mind to pick up where you left off.
As a caregiver you’re going to sometimes feel like you’re in a pressure cooker. That’s something that happens because you’re human and you have emotions. Try to give yourself some space to deal with what you’re feeling.
Excerpt: Pretty much every caregiver has at some point felt at the end of their rope.
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