As a Carer, you’ve probably had someone say to you “I don’t know how you do it? I couldn’t do it”. Or better yet, the classic “you’re only given challenges you can handle”.
The reality is that life as a Carer can be difficult. It is hard and challenging at times, and no, not everyone can do it. But while there are the difficulties and stress associated with being a Carer, there are also plenty of positives that shouldn’t be overlooked. Remember to take the time to consider and reflect on the positive aspects.
Your increased resiliency, tenacity and capability. Your multi-tasking and time management skills. Your expert knowledge of the condition affecting your person. The quality time you get to spend with your person, making moments with them.
Your eyes are often opened to a different view of the world. You realise how important the people in your life are to you and you probably have a deeper appreciation of the gift of life. Being a Carer may even provide a sense of purpose and meaning to your life.
Above all, remember you are helping another person, often someone you love, reach their potential each day.
Carers who perceive more benefits from caregiving report lower levels of depression. This sense of satisfaction and well-being can have important benefits for Carers well after caregiving has ended.
By Louise Jessop, Carer, Life Coach and Counsellor.