When you’re a busy family caregiver, self-help tools are something that you can turn to quickly and easily when you need a little bit of help. Finding the right tools for you depends on your needs and what works for you.
There are an amazing amount of books available on any of the topics you might need as a caregiver. You can even find books that help you learn to deal with a variety of aspects of caregiving itself. Libraries are excellent sources of these types of books, but your local doctor or hospital may also have a small lending library that you can access as well.
Many different organizations, groups, and even caregivers have websites that include an incredible wealth of information about caregiving and being a caregiver. You’ll need to use your own discernment to determine which websites are more authoritative, of course, but there is still a great deal of information on the web for you to glean.
It’s easy to overlook some of the more simple self-help ideas, but journaling can do so much for you, especially if you’re working through some feelings that are uncomfortable for you. You don’t have to have anything fancy to start journaling, either. A simple composition notebook from the drugstore and something to write with easily get you started.
Meditating sounds a lot more complicated than it is. You also don’t have to spend hours and hours in deep meditation to get the benefits from it. All you really need is a few moments where you can focus on your breathing and on clearing your mind. If thoughts crop up, simply focus on your breathing again and keep going.
Joining a support group puts you in touch with other caregivers who are dealing with some of the same situations you’re going through. You’ll meet caregivers who are new to caregiving as well as experienced caregivers, so you’ll have a variety of experiences from which to draw. You’ll also be able to help other caregivers with what you’ve learned.
If you’re having trouble finding the right self-help tools or they’re not fully working for you, consider talking to a therapist or counselor to get a little bit of a jump start.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Bellaire, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
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