You may view “caring for another human being is a privilege” and want to do the right thing for your aging parent or other family members, but inside feel frustrated, alone, and burnt out. You find yourself snapping at your mother after she repeatedly refuses to eat, or she has forgotten to brush her teeth. You made a promise to your mother that you would love her, protect her and maintain the dignity she deserves but you find it a challenge to uphold your commitment. The tension in the house is constant as the role between the child and parent changes. Your career, personal and professional lives clash. What to do!!!
It is important for someone who supports and cares for loved ones to manage your own health, both emotional and physical. The first step is to manage the stress. Here are some immediate things you can do:
• Release your feelings in a positive way – go for a run, go out with friends, or see a movie.
• Find others who understand your experience – talk to them and learn how they have managed.
• Recognize that there are things you cannot control and let those go.
• Acknowledge you do not have to do everything yourself. There are individuals that can help ensure that your family is getting the care they need and deserve.
Axiom Care Solutions consultants can help identify and plan out care needs that will support you and your family and alleviate a lot of burden you are feeling to try and come up with an optimal plan forward that works for you.