When you feel empowered in your caregiving journey, you feel more capable and ready to take on any challenge that pops up. If you’re feeling powerless, though, you’re going to question every move you make and you’ll suffer for it. Finding your way back to empowerment helps you to stand taller in your caregiving journey.
Choose Caregiving Daily
Every day when you wake up is a brand new day. One of the things that can rob you of feeling empowered as a family caregiver is the feeling that you’re forced into this or that you don’t have a choice. Every day, wake up and choose caregiving consciously. Remind yourself why you care for your aging adult beyond that you “have to.” Finding value in yourself and your actions as a caregiver can help you to rebuild that power that you’ve been robbed of by not choosing caregiving.
Let Go of What You Can’t Control
What you can control is easy to manage, really, because it’s under your control. Those things that are not under your control are far more difficult to deal with because they refuse to fit into the boxes you want them in. So let go of what you can’t control. Acknowledge that you want to control it, but you can’t. If family members aren’t willing to help, you can’t control that. What you can do is offer them opportunities to help.
Track Your Accomplishments
When you’re feeling beaten down, it helps to be able to look at what you have achieved. This is especially true as a caregiver. Start keeping a running list of the victories that you claim every day. This may feel silly at first, but when you’re having a bad day, look at the list. You’ll immediately realize that you’re knocking it out of the park every single day.
Get Help if You’re Feeling Depressed
Depression can be devastating, especially to a caregiver. If you’re feeling any of the symptoms of depression or even suspect that you are, reach out and get help. It can make all the difference to you and to your elderly family member.
Empowerment is exactly what you need in order to keep your own spirits high and to feel confident in your abilities as a family caregiver.