Taking on the role of being a family caregiver for your elderly loved ones and creating a senior care plan for them can be overwhelming. Sometimes you may feel like you have given up so much just to be able to be there for your aging parents and ensure they receive the care, support, and assistance they need to live the highest quality of life possible. While you love them and want to know that they are safe, happy, and healthy, it is completely normal to feel stress and sadness related to this role and what it requires. Focusing on the positive elements of your life and your care journey with your seniors, however, can help you to cope with these feelings and put more meaning into your daily care efforts.
September 21 is World Gratitude Day, the perfect opportunity for you to find everything in your life that you are grateful for, channel the good feelings that that gratitude offers, and use it to fuel your senior care efforts and your parent-child relationship with your aging loved ones.
Let these ideas inspire you to come up with all of the things you are grateful for on World Gratitude Day and throughout the rest of the year:• Your parents. Many people do not have the opportunity to maintain their relationships with their parents throughout their aging years, and many lose their parents before they even get to this point in life. Take a moment to feel grateful for your parents, everything they have done for you in life, and everything that you are continuing to experience with them. Just feeling this moment of gratitude can help recharge you for your care tasks;• Your caregiver role. You love your parents and you want them to live the highest quality of life possible, so feel grateful for the fact that you are able to be their caregiver and design a care plan that gives them what they need. Feel gratitude for what life has given you that has enabled you to be as involved with their care as you are, and that this role is allowing you to give back to them for everything they have done for you in your life;• Your partner. Your partner is your source of strength, support, and encouragement when you are facing the challenges of your care journey. Even when he is being difficult or you feel like he is not understanding what you are going through, feel grateful that you have him there to listen to you and that he loves you enough that he is willing to be the one to tell you when you are not taking good enough care of yourself, to point out when your parents are not cooperating well enough with you, or when other areas of your life are suffering. Though these things can be hard to hear, choosing to approach them with gratitude can help you to make changes that will benefit your life, your health, and your caregiver journey;• Your health. As difficult as it can be sometimes to offer care to your seniors, imagine how difficult it is for them to have to receive that care. Express your gratitude for having the health and wellbeing that you do, and that you are able to live the life that you want to. This allows you to appreciate your life more so you are better able to put love, compassion, and nurturing into every care task for your seniors.
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