Caregiving is one of the most difficult jobs any of us will ever have…and, believe me, most of us will earn the title of Caregiver at some point during our lives. Knowing that your loved one depends on you, perhaps exclusively, is a burden that can lead to high anxiety and stress.
There are many things that we can do to mitigate the physical and emotional toll that occurs as a result of the demands of caregiving. We can eat properly and adhere to a regimen of physical activity and exercise to maintain our strength and stamina. However, studies have shown that the emotional demands of caregiving can be the most debilitating. These stressors can lead to diminished health in all aspects of one’s life.
The power of the mind to heal is real. Our challenge is to muster our mental strength for the benefit of our quality of life as a whole. That which we tell ourselves to do, we will do.
As we make conscious efforts to make time for oneself by remaining in contact with friends and sharing the emotional challenges you face with others who care about you, there are easy reminders that we can repeat that can serve as mantras to help melt away stress. Clip, copy and keep them where you need them most.
“Unless you have bad times, you can’t appreciate the good times.”
Highly Successful Pro Baseball Manager, Joe Torre
“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”
First Lady and Humanitarian, Eleanor Roosevelt
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning to dance among the raindrops.”
American Artist, Author and Entrepreneur, Vivian Greene
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you till it seems you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
Author and Abolitionist, Harriet Beecher Stowe
“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.”
Persian Poet, Saadi
“Gray skies are just clouds passing over”
Pro Football Hall of Famer, Frank Gifford
“Worry is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”
Author and Vegetarian, Harry Leslie Stroupe
“Work is love made visible”
Author and Poet, Kahlil Gibran
“I’m doing the best I can with what I have.”
~ Caregivers Everywhere~