One situation that most caregivers encounter is that moment each day or each week in which they hit their limit. That’s overwhelming and it can really feel paralyzing if you don’t develop some techniques for dealing with it properly.
Learn to Notice When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed
It’s sometimes difficult to notice what the beginning stages of overwhelmed feel like. When you ignore those initial hints, you suddenly find yourself sinking underwater and you have no idea how you got there. Start paying a little closer attention to how you’re feeling as you’re going through your day. It gets easier and easier to spot when a situation is getting you a little closer to that point when you feel like you’ve lost control.
Remember That Your Reactions Are Normal
If you’ve been beating yourself up for not feeling more prepared or you’ve told yourself you shouldn’t be feeling a certain way, save yourself the time and stop. You don’t have to change your reactions, just remind yourself that they’re normal because you’re human. The key to responding differently is noticing that overwhelm is coming closer and taking steps to avoid it much sooner than you have been. That’s going to give you far better results.
Mini Breaks Help So Much
How often each day do you give yourself five minutes to grab some air? Or a couple of minutes to just take some deep breaths and close your eyes? Those are mini-breaks and they can do much more for you than you might realize. These are an opportunity for you to take a tiny step back from the situation you’re in, re-center yourself, and jump back in. These are not the only types of breaks that you need to be taking, however.
Longer Breaks Are Possible and Necessary
Longer breaks are absolutely something that you need to mix into your schedule more often. These allow you to take longer periods of time, whether that’s a couple of hours or an entire day, away from caregiving to do whatever you need or want to do. Working closely with senior care providers allows you to become more comfortable with the idea of taking time away. They can be there for your senior while you focus on yourself for a little while.
When you’re approaching overwhelm in a positive and healthy way, you can start to avoid it before it fully arrives. That gives you a chance to use the tools and techniques you’re mastering.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care in Bala Cynwyd, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care.
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Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.