Caregiver stress is a real health risk for many caregivers. After all, if the caregiver gets sick, who will give care?
Caregiving is a tremendous responsibility and whether you consider it a burden or an adventure can affect your stress and caregiver reactions often depend upon the situation and perspective.
While there may not be much you can do about your situation, you can choose how you view it. Like Helen Keller did.
She was born healthy, and due to an infection as a toddler became blind and deaf. She overcame tremendous obstacles and became the first blind-deaf person to enter and graduate with a bachelor’s of arts degree. She went on to inspire generations.
When she said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing,” the words are more powerful than those spoken by someone who can see and hear.
When I chose to view caregiving not as a burden filled with problems, but rather an adventure filled with challenges, it transformed my thinking and my care. Suddenly caring was no longer a burden, and I began to see blessings in little things each day.
My heart became lighter, and the tasks associated with caregiving became easier. And I was able to do them faster and with more confidence.
Caregiving like life is a journey, and can be viewed as an adventure.
It’s your choice. Choosing to view it as an adventure made it more than bearable for me. And the steps I followed led to the sharing them in A HEART PLAN TM, which is 10 simple steps to transform your caregiving.
A HEART PLAN TM is now included in a daily guide that takes a few minutes a day called From Burden to Blessing: 31 Days to Transforming Caregiving and Life. Just click on the link to get your download now.
And start today to transform your caregiving.
To your Happy & Healthy Caregiving,
Ina Gilmore MD
Founder, Caregiving With Purpose
Purple Angel Dementia Ambassador
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