Clearly one-third of our younger generations will be caring for both their children and their ageing parents and we are seeing the early signs now as health ministries begin to adjust their service strategies. Our family-sourced care providers will need to learn new skills in order to avoid the very real possibility of caregiver burnout.
- Notice All That You Do!
Sometimes a pat on the back is a great way to lighten the load of giving care 24/7. The pat on the back that is most important is the one you give yourself, ‘cause unless you pat your own back the pats you get from others are not let in!
Make a list each day for seven days of all the things you get done each day, from the simple and most basic tasks like washing the dishes to the more complex such as giving your loved one their medications. Yes getting yourself dressed too! Once you have made your lists for each day of the week read them over several times and really notice how very much you get accomplished each day and each week.
Then cheer for yourself, become your own very best fan. When others ask what you are cheering about tell them and have them join your team of cheerleaders! It won’t change the volume of tasks you many be facing, it will though change how you feel about yourself and ultimately how you approach the same tasks.
If you are looking for some self care training and support check out Alive in Death Training.