Do you ever feel guilty that you’re not doing enough for the seniors you need to care for? Maybe (and by maybe, we mean definitely), you also feel that there aren’t enough hours in the day? Yeah, us too.
We’re in the caregiving industry; we try our best to take care of our seniors. However, sometimes, it just doesn’t work out the way we want it to. Unfortunately, sometimes, the seniors we care for may get worse, and we attribute that to things we coulda shoulda woulda done.
Just so you know, you’re doing amazing.
Letting Go of Said Guilt
Just so you also know, guilt is an insidious feeling that can make you even more stressed! It’s time to release it. Here’s how:
- First, recognize the guilt. It’s common for caregivers to feel guilt. Acknowledge it and send it some love. It’s just here to remind you that you’re a good person.
- Next, accept that we have imperfections. All people make mistakes, even professionals. Recognize your strengths instead of fully focusing on your weaknesses. Not good at handling emotional issues? That’s ok! You probably excel at the physical aspects of caregiving!
- After acceptance, understand that you are making the best decision for the seniors you care for. You are skilled, experienced and professional! Trust yourself as much as the seniors and their family members trust you, and remember, you are doing the best you can with the resources you have.
- And finally, and maybe most importantly, reach out for support. Don’t be hesitant to seek out caregiver support resources to address your feelings of guilt. Caregivers need care as well.
Remember that you have many positive accomplishments! Think about all the incredible achievements that you have done and all the barriers you have overcome. You’re fantabulous :)!
#WELLNESSWEDNESDAY, Take Care of Your Residents, Take Care of Yourselves
Caregivers spend all their time taking care of others – when are they going to take care of themselves?
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