When we take on the role of caregiver, another person’s needs become a priority. We may begin to neglect our own emotional well-being while we are so focused on the well-being of another person. Taking care of someone else doesn’t mean neglecting ourselves. We won’t be helping them! Let’s think about how we can rebuild our own emotional health to keep our loved ones in positive vibes:
- We can begin our mornings by making the decision to maintain our happiness. Throughout the day, we can try to identify small things that we can do to bring us closer to that decision (making our happiness). I am 200% positive that reflecting happiness will be more productive for us and our loved ones. Let’s provide ourselves with a positive reward when we have done something hard or when we reach a goal. Instead of focusing only on our challenges or shortcomings, celebrate our successes.
- We can start a gratefulness journal. Each day write down something different that you feel grateful for. It may be as simple as reading an interesting book at the chemotherapy session; or just seeing a beautiful sunrise through the window. Let’s just provide ourselves with a positive reward when we have done something hard or when you reach a goal. Instead of focusing only on challenges, call it a celebration of our successes.
- We can make a list of our strengths and accomplishments in life. We can really add to the list lessons that we have learned through challenges. Overcoming all the obstacles of getting anxious, hopeless, impatient etc…Trust me being a full time care giver can make you go from 0 to a 100 real quick 🙂
- Identify activities that we enjoy and make them a part of our regular routine. Practice mindfulness while we are participating in those activities, focusing on just experiencing the moment. Giving ourselves permission to enjoy will surely delight our mind.