Being a caregiver often means that you spend a lot of time worrying. Worrying about what your senior needs, about her health, and about so many tiny details. It’s possible, though, that some of the things you’re worrying about are things that can either take care of themselves or that don’t need to be fretted over at all.
Some Things Feel Like a Big Deal
When you’re a busy caregiver, everything might start to feel urgent. Every phone call and every situation at home needs to be handled right then. You might worry that you’ll forget about tasks that need to get done or that you’ll overlook an important detail. But is everything that urgent? Maybe there are some things that are okay to slip through the cracks, especially if they’re not truly a big deal. Getting a handle on your priorities can help
What’s Truly Important?
As a caregiver, what are your biggest priorities each day? What has to be handled every day in order for you to feel that you’ve done a good job? Making sure your senior is safe and has what she needs probably tops the list, but you may have other priorities, too. So, maybe a spotless floor at all times of the day doesn’t make the priority list, and that’s okay.
Take a Breath
Part of the problem is that there really is so much going on for caregivers every day. There’s always something to do and worse still, you might feel judged by people in your life. Try to remember to give yourself a moment to breathe and to remember what is truly important. You’re doing the best that you possibly can, so try to remember that fact.
Give Yourself Time Away
When you’re feeling like a perfectionist again, it can be a sign that you need to take some time away. You’re not a machine and having the time that you can spend doing what you need and want to do can be incredibly refreshing. Make sure that you’re putting someone else in charge that can handle things and go relax for a while. You’ll be better for it when you come back.
Details are important, but when you’re a caregiver, some of the details that bog you down might not be the right ones. Figure out which ones you can let go and handle only the biggest concerns one at a time.