Four Tips for Coping When You're Overwhelmed

Four Tips for Coping When You're Overwhelmed
It’s difficult to be consistently pulled in different directions over and over. That’s a situation that many family caregivers are all too familiar with, though. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, there are some solutions that you can try to see how they work for you. Don’t give up if they don’t work right away, though. Something that you try will help.

Build Routines that Support You and Your Senior

Daily and weekly routines offer a layer of support for you and your senior. Your routines don’t have to be something that you stick to down to the minute every time, but they can give your day structure that allows you to hit all the high points that need to be handled. Strong routines also help your elderly family member to feel as if she knows what to expect out of every day, which can be a huge benefit for both of you.

Practice Self-care Religiously 

Self-care has got to become something that you do without question. This isn’t just the pretty self-care where you soak in a bubble bath, either. This is the nitty gritty stuff, where you eat healthy foods and you get plenty of sleep. It’s also moving on a regular basis and making sure that you’re keeping up with any chronic health conditions of your own. This is the non-negotiable stuff.

Write Everything Down

Everyone thinks they’ll remember everything important. But when you’re a family caregiver, you are likely to have all sorts of information flying your way. If you don’t write it down, it’s going to disappear. That contributes to overwhelm later because you feel as if you’re constantly just putting out fires. Save yourself that heartache and just make it a habit to write everything in a notebook you carry with you.

Get Some Help

When you’re overwhelmed, you can’t keep just doing more and expect that it’s going to resolve the situation. You need some help. One way to get the help that you need is to hire a caregiver. This can give you a chance to take respite time and handle some overdue self-care tasks. Little by little, you’ll be able to chip away at the overwhelm you’re feeling.

Being a family caregiver is an experience you may not ever want to trade off to anyone else, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be realistic about how tough it can be on a daily basis.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Mount Olympus, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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