If you’re not allowing yourself to take breaks as a caregiver, you might be making excuses instead.
The good news is that you might well be fine right now. That can change down the line, though. And it can change much more quickly than you might imagine. You might be able to force yourself to keep going for a long period of time without a break, but why should you have to? Be kind to yourself and allow yourself time away from being a caregiver.
“Strangers Upset My Aging Family Member.”
It’s totally understandable that strangers might be upsetting for your elderly family member. That’s why you need to plan ahead a bit with taking a break. Make sure that you introduce your senior to anyone who might be taking over for you and, if you can, give them a chance to get to know each other.
“Family Members Say I Don’t Need It.”
Family members may want to chime in from time to time and share their opinions on caregiving with you. But if they’re not familiar with what your day to day experiences are as a caregiver, their opinions might not hold much water. Invite these family members who believe you don’t need a break to take over for an hour or two. You might find they’ve changed their mind about what you need.
“I Don’t Have Time for a Break.”
This reason might sound a lot like “I’m fine,” but the difference is that you’re acknowledging on some level that you do need the break, you’re just reluctant to actually take the break. If you don’t go ahead and figure this out, you’ll eventually wind up in a situation in which your body or your mind decides you’ll be taking an unscheduled break. That’s a lot worse.
“It’s Selfish to Take a Break.”
Another common refrain is that taking breaks is selfish. When you’re a caregiver, you’re supposed to selflessly give of your time, your energy, and your very self. The thing is that you don’t have to be a martyr in order to be a really good caregiver. It’s never selfish to take care of yourself because that’s the only way you can continue to care for others.
Look objectively at the reasons you’re using to keep you from taking a break from being a caregiver. Some of them may feel genuine, but they basically amount to being an excuse. You have options, but you need to be willing to use them.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN PLANO, TX, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE TODAY. CALL (214) 272-2188.