For some caregivers, taking a break feels like so much work that it’s just not worth attempting it. The problem with that is that you very much need to take time away from being a caregiver now and again. Try some of these ideas to make breaks easier on you.
Acknowledge You’re Going to Feel Some Feelings about It
Get it out of the way at the very beginning. You’re going to feel sad, guilty, or some other sort of feelings around taking regular breaks from caregiving. The sooner you acknowledge that, the sooner you can move through them and get to what you really need to do.
Get Your Backup Lined Up
You absolutely need backup that you can rely on when you’re taking regular breaks from caregiving. This is a demanding task that you’re putting aside for a few precious moments and you have to have someone you can trust in charge while you’re gone. Otherwise you’re going to give yourself an excuse to stay there. Hire elder care providers and give your senior a chance to become acclimated to the idea.
Make it an Appointment with Yourself
Caregivers are far more likely to take something seriously when it’s an appointment. If you’re doing something just for yourself, how often does something “more important” come along? The reality is that taking a break is one of the most important things that you can do so that you can keep being the awesome caregiver that you are. Make it a non-negotiable appointment that you have to keep.
Keep Doing It
One break is not going to get the job done. You’re building a new routine for yourself that gives you down time and allows you to relax. So even if taking a break feels really uncomfortable still, give yourself time to get used to it and keep taking those breaks.
Keep a Journal about How Breaks Help You
If you’re having a tough time seeing the benefit to taking breaks, start keeping a journal. You can start to see, even in short entries, how much taking a break is doing for you over time. Keep track of how you’re feeling, your stress levels, and anything else that seems as if it might be helpful to know.
You need to approach taking a break in an organized manner. If you don’t, it’s going to be far too easy to give up on them way too soon.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elder care in Marlton, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.
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