We’ve all had days where the negative self-talk starts from the moment we rise. Ever had your alarm fail? Then you know what I’m talking about. You suddenly realize your alarm didn’t go off when you planned, and the thoughts begin. “How could I forget to set that? How could I have been so stupid? Now my day is ruined. I’ll be late for everything. I’ll be in trouble at work.” It goes on and on.
Negative self-talk is something we all do. We have it at every juncture of our lives.
But when we move into a caregiving role, the negativity often rolls in equally as fast.
The internal negative thoughts begin. “Why is this happening?”
And unfortunately, they can grow and change every day. Depending on the results of your personal caregiving situation, you can become susceptible to unhelpful patterns of negative thinking. Let’s say you are caring for someone with memory issues. Repeating questions become a part of your daily routine. For you, that means negative thinking is always in the back of your mind. “When is this going to stop? No one understands how difficult my life is.” [Read more…]