Gratitude can have an amazing impact on mood, outlook, and day-to-day stress levels of family caregivers. As a caregiver, most of your daily life surrounds the needs of someone else in your household and it can be difficult to step back and gain a greater perspective.
Adopting a few simple gratitude practices to your life can help make your caregiving journey a more positive experience:
Make Gratitude Part of Your Daily Routine
Gratitude is one of those things that’s hardest to grasp for when you need it the most. So, instead of waiting for life to get rough, set aside a few minutes daily to take a mental inventory of all the things you can be thankful for in that moment. It can also be helpful to anchor your gratitude practice to something in your current routine like brushing your teeth or making coffee in the morning.
Start a Gratitude Journal
Journaling may be more of a commitment, but writing down things you are grateful for is a great way to keep perspective of your caregiving journey.
Spread Gratitude to Others
Your own capacity for gratitude expands when you actively share that gratitude with others. Reach out to friends or family and thank them for helping you with caregiving, or any other way they have contributed to your life.
Keep It Small and Simple
Gratitude is not all about the big things in life. Finding gratitude is as simple as giving thanks for a great cup of coffee, the sunlight in the morning, or a gentle breeze on a hot day. Being grateful for the small things, makes bigger wins (like your loved one having a good day) feel even better.
Caregiving is not something anyone should do alone. One helpful means of caregiver support is online groups like our caregiver Facebook group, Caregiver Connection. It’s a place to foster community, encouragement and support among caregivers. In-home care is another great option to help lighten your caregiving load. You can hire a caregiver to come help just a few hours a week to give yourself some personal time or to handle errands, or you can hire someone to come on a daily basis.
About Prescott HealthCare, LLC
Prescott HealthCare is a family owned and operated private home care provider dedicated to giving Atlanta area families safe, personalized care right in the comfort of home.
Our certified aides help people with daily activities like:
|Dressing and grooming||Bathing and hygiene|
|Incontinence care||Medication reminders|
|Meal preparation and serving||Companionship|
|Errands||Escorting to appointments|
If you are interested in learning more about how we can help you at home, contact us anytime at: 404-883-3302 or right here online.