Caregiving is a time-demanding task. So much so, that it can leave caregivers little time to maintain relationships with those beyond who they care for. It is important to keep these relationships healthy. One, these people can help in times of trouble, and two, spending time with these people can help provide relief from the stresses of caregiving. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Do not try to do everything: You are only human. No one can do everything at once. It’s ok to take a step back and let others aid in the caregiving. Especially if this aid lets you take time off for yourself and your other relationships.
Try to be there for your friends and family, too: Oftentimes, we point out that having friends and family to listen to a caregiver’s issues helps with stress. This is true, but remember to provide the same courtesy for your friends. They have their own problems and would like for their friend to be there for them.
Whittle out toxic relationships: With time off caregiving being precious, it’s important to prioritize who to spend that time with. If there are people in your life who are toxic, this can be the opportunity to cut them out. Use the time you would’ve used on them to maintain more positive relationships.
In the end, no one person is an army. Getting professional help can go a long way towards helping in situations like these. Remember, we are here to help. Our caregivers can provide aid with tasks of daily living and can provide relief during times of stress.