Being an El Paso Alzheimer’s or dementia caregiver for a senior loved one can be one of the most frustrating things you are ever called on to do. While many caregivers feel guilt if they take even a few minutes for themselves, it is vital that they do so regularly. When caregivers do not care for themselves, then frustration levels often build and cause further problems later on. Following are some effective ways for caregivers to manage frustration.
Recognize the Signs
If you are an El Paso dementia caregiver, it’s important to recognize when your own frustration level is starting to build. This will look different for everyone. The earlier you recognize the signs, however, the faster you can control them and return to feeling calm.
Stop Thinking Negatively
One of the earliest signs for many caregivers is that they start thinking in negative ways. Some will make overly generalized statements indicating that they see nothing positive in the world. Others will start jumping to wild conclusions. For example, caregivers may start thinking that if they had only done things differently, their loved ones would not have dementia.
Regardless of how the person is thinking negatively, it is important to recognize the negative thought and replace it with a positive one. If you are experiencing negative thoughts, then stop for a moment and picture your brain as a garden. Picture the negative thoughts as weeds that are trying to grow between the beautiful lush plants in your garden. Pull them out and get rid of them discarding them where they cannot take root again.
Ask for Help
Many caregivers complain that no one ever wants to help take care of their loved one. The truth of the matter is that many people are afraid to offer help for fear that you will see it as an intrusion. Many times friends and family will be thrilled to help if you just ask. Do not let yourself feel that this is a sign of weakness because it may be your strongest moment. If your family cannot help, turn to a trusted provider of elder care in Colorado Springs to offer you some respite.
Caring for a person with dementia can become an overwhelming burden if you do not take time to care for yourself first. Contact Home Care Assistance of Colorado Springs at (719) 822-1229 today to learn about our flexible live-in, hourly and respite care for seniors. Family caregivers can take some much-deserved time to recharge their batteries knowing that their loved ones are being cared for by experienced and highly trained caregivers. Call today to set up a free consultation.