Care-giving can get overwhelming.  We often focus on all the things we need to do for self-care but ignore the common negative emotions we experience.

 

Take Heart Tuesday I share a negative emotion and a strategy to overcome it.

Care-giving can get overwhelming.  We often focus on all the things we need to do for self-care but ignore the common negative emotions we experience.

 

Take Heart Tuesday I share a negative emotion and

a strategy to overcome it.

Fear What if something happens? Will I be able to handle it? How will I handle feeling guilty? Am I responsible for things that go wrong? Caregivers take on a huge amount of responsibility, not only for the day to day care of their loved one but also for all the other things that “might” happen while being a caregiver. Scaring ourselves about the “what ifs” can be paralyzing and keep us from enjoying the “what is.”

Coping: It is important to have contingency plans. So, it might make sense to have a backup caregiver in mind in case something should happen to you. Also thinking about how you would handle a medical emergency based on what your loved ones’ health can help take the fear out of life. When you get scared, have someone to talk to that helps you gain perspective and calms your fears.