“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.”
—Emory Austin, talk-show host
As you may be experiencing the symptoms of caregiver burnout, self-care is often easier said than done. But whether today is a difficult day or a surprisingly easy one, you have at least one resource in your arsenal: gratitude.
Choosing to “sing”—to give thanks.
Despite your challenging circumstances, you are doing an amazing thing by caring for another. Give thanks for the bright moments. And, see the difficult ones as opportunities to learn and grow.
Find beauty in a difficult situation.
Take a few minutes and reflect on the good in your day. Consider the love you may have for the one you are caring for or the blessings you may have experienced along the way. Spend a few minutes journaling and writing down how you feel. A moment of reflection can help reinforce the positive moments in your caregiver journey.
Often caregivers are unexpectantly thrust into a roll of caregiving, and while the tasks and load may sometimes seem hard and overwhelming, you likely wouldn’t rather be in any other place than caring for your loved one. Remember, you are doing impactful, life-affirming work. Keep it up. Keep choosing to sing.
Adapted from The Healthy, A Reader’s Digest Brand. Visit https://www.thehealthy.com/healthcare/caregiving/caregiver-quotes/ to read the full article.