Five Inspiring Thoughts To Keep You Going
Caregiving is one of the most rewarding jobs – however it can be one of the most stressful jobs. The main role of a caregiver or a caretaker is to provide physical, emotional, and medical care for a person in need. It is natural to feel frustrated and angry during one’s journey as a caregiver. Just with any profession or career, it is common for someone to become unmotivated or undesiring to perform to the best of their ability if the individual is burnt out. It is so important to become aware of when one is stressed, frustrated, and overwhelmed so that they take initiative to reverse those feelings.
Here are some inspiring thoughts during difficult days:
Time is Valuable
Oftentimes, we take time for granted, forgetting that time is valuable and it is an aspect of life that we cannot get back. Time is exchanged between the caregiver and the person being cared for. As caregivers, we must remember who we are and how our patients see us. Sometimes the only thing that keeps residents motivated and helps them see the light at the end of the tunnel, is us. Not only is our time limited, but their time is as well. We must remember the time spent with our patients is precious and treat it as such.
Most of the time, we are the ones being taken care of
There are many rewards to caregiving. As much as we provide care for the person in need, we often come home realizing how much we can learn from someone else. Caring for someone reveals many beautiful life lessons and take with us as we go through our life journey.
We are a light in the darkness
In some cases, the people we care for have never experienced what it is like to be taken care of. To some patients, we are the light in their darkness. We are sometimes the highlight or most exciting part of their day.
Caregiving challenges our individual life journey
As caregivers, we see light and dark. We see beautiful moments but we also experience the tough reality of disease, disability, and emotional struggles our patients go through. These moments help shape our individual life journey in which we gain courage, confidence, and strength.
We are messengers
In our profession, we have the privilege of getting to know the lives of others. We listen and understand the highs and lows someone else got to experience. We get to listen to the stories and legacies our patients carried. These stories can inspire us in our personal journey. These stories are stories that will make a footprint in our legacy or can be an inspiration to someone else’s.
Caregiving has the power to transform. It is a profession that demonstrates compassion and love to the people that need it. It is a profession that challenges the caregiver on their individual journey and their personal growth. Caregiving has the power to transform and impact the hearts of not just the patient but the caregiver themself.