Caregiving is a job you’ll often find yourself hating. Yet it’s also a job that very few feel they can just up and quit. The very nature of the role is it’s not something you choose, but instead, is thrust upon you.
The work isn’t fun. The stress is unrelenting. It’s difficult being at the top of your game night and day. It can be a tremendous sacrifice.
But it’s also a job that no matter how much we wish, we either can’t or don’t really want to stop. Ever find yourself in this situation? If so, maybe it’s time to ask these questions.
How can I change my expectations?
How often do you set yourself up for failure? Do you rise with a to-do list that rarely is accomplished? Burnout is inevitable when it comes to caregiving. But in many cases, it might be because you are enslaving yourself to a picture that can never be. The larger the gap is between what is possible and what you plan, the greater the pressure you’ll feel. This zaps your energy. Letting go of expectations is difficult and is something you may have to work towards. Take it one step at a time, accepting what is even if it’s for one moment of time per day. [Read more…]