Two things you may feel you never have enough of could be energy and time. As a caregiver, you’re expending both on an almost constant basis. You can’t create more of either resource, but you can start rearranging your life and your priorities to make the most of what you have. Eventually, you may find you have more of both.
Be Realistic with Yourself
The first step in getting a handle on your energy and your time is to be as realistic as possible with yourself about what you can do and what you need. If you need help, get it. Elder care providers can lighten your task load as well as help you with respite care coverage. All of this is part of making sure you’re being reasonable with yourself.
Declutter as Much as You Can
Clutter burns both time and energy. Think about how many times you’ve spent precious time and energy looking for something that you know was there just a few minutes or days ago. As a caregiver, you don’t have time for all of that. When you declutter and keep clutter to a minimum, you give yourself a gift.
Start Practicing Mindfulness
All mindfulness really means is that you’re focusing on the here and the now, not the past or the future. This is incredibly helpful because mindfulness keeps you grounded in what you’re doing. If you’re not focusing on here and now, you’re more likely to be spinning your wheels and that means you’re not actually accomplishing anything at all.
Stop Procrastination as Soon as it Starts
Something mindfulness can do for you is to keep you moving. Procrastination is really easy to give in to, especially if you’re overwhelmed and frustrated. If you can stop yourself as soon as you first notice that you’re procrastinating, that’s going to allow you to keep your momentum going.
Stop Second-Guessing Your Choices
You are making a lot of decisions as a caregiver. Some of those decisions are probably a little scary for you, too. Many of those decisions deal with your senior’s health and her overall safety and well-being. If you’re second-guessing yourself, that uses up energy and time both. Make sure you’ve got as much information as you can get and then make the best decision possible.
You need all the energy and time you can muster, both for yourself and your senior. Use them wisely.