July 8

Fighting the Internal Battles: Making Yourself a Capable Caregiver

There are many tough jobs in the world that require a significant amount of stress control. Firefighters and paramedics are faced with a wide variety of stresses every single day. But they can go home. Caregivers are people who live with their loved ones and may never have an escape from the situation.

Being a caregiver, in one respect, requires looking after the person in a mental or physical sense but also making sure that they provide emotional support. Typically, the individual supporting the person that needs help would be a relative. And this means that there can be an internal conflict. The fact that they care too much can go against them and be overwhelming. As a result, caregivers need to learn how to manage their internal conflicts and anxieties. But how can they do this?

The H-Word

Help is integral. And when caregivers feel the responsibility of another’s life on their shoulders, the pressure is immense. Help is not something that would be nice to have, but it is integral so the caregiver can step away and recharge themselves. Help comes in a wide variety of forms. There are websites like careasone.com to find and hire qualified caregivers, but there are also support networks available to an individual.

Sometimes, it can be down to the caregiver themselves. They are putting on a brave face and saying that they don’t need help. But this can be a slippery slope. Learning how to ask for and accept help is something that the caregiver needs to understand. It’s not a sign of weakness. If you are someone that is looking after another person, you have to remember that everybody needs some form of support now and again and it is not a sign of weakness.

The Pillars of Health… 

As caregivers, we can be overwhelmed in so many different ways that we begin to neglect our health. Sometimes, we are prioritizing the individual, not just in terms of their needs, but also in terms of their finances. We want to give them the best, and this means that we have to go without.

While there’s a lot to be said for the benefits of exercising resilience in the face of adversity, we’ve got to be careful not to overdo this. There is plenty of evidence to say that going without the bare essentials can force us to become more resilient and rethink ways around problems. But when it eats into our overall happiness, this is when we’ve got to take action. The one true thing we have control over in our lives is our health. Turning our bodies into pillars of health and strength can seem more difficult, but it’s about fueling our bodies in the right ways. There are plenty of resources out there to help you eat well, despite limited finances. This article on healthline.com shows you how to eat well on a tight budget, but you’ve got to understand what makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something at the end of the day.

Being a caregiver is a very unique scenario in which it asks you to give all of your energy and resources time and time again without necessarily giving you the opportunity to recharge. This means that if we are fueling our body with the wrong things, we are starting at a deficit. This means learning how to find the things that truly work for you and your energy levels. After all, you wouldn’t put the wrong fuel in a car, so why would you put the wrong fuel in yourself?

…And Strength

Learning to be strong in a physical sense can help you endure the tougher aspects of being a carer. There may be many aspects of being a carer that is physically exhausting. But this means that if you are looking to become more efficient in looking after someone, you’ve got to focus on your mental strength as well. Again, this can be about improving your resilience, but it can also be about ensuring that you are resting in the right ways.

You may want to take inspiration from those people who are undergoing physical endurance. For example, those in the army are constantly enduring some form of physical activity, but this is why they eat so much. It could very well be the case that you are not eating enough to maintain your physical duties. This is why it’s so important to dial the diet in. But when it comes to physical strength it’s important to remember that you are doing enough to stimulate growth in the body while also not doing too much.

If you have been considering hitting the gym, it’s important to remember that you could do too much, which will set you back when it comes to your care duties. The recommended protocol for those who have busy lives is to exercise once a week. Exercising once a week isn’t about doing a little job but it’s about undergoing a high-intensity protocol such as those promoted by Body By Science.

Doing an intense protocol once a week gives you the opportunity to physically recover while also providing the stimulus to build strength. We have to remember that when we are caring for someone, we’ve got to be strong as well. And if we can endure all the physical feats associated with being a caregiver, this can help us to not feel so stressed out.

Learning to look after yourself when you are a caregiver is not just about managing your internal conflicts, but it’s about making yourself into a capable human being. The great thing is that you have the foundations in place. When we feel the pressures of looking after someone we need to remember having a break is part of the recovery process. But so is having a strong body in terms of the health and strength we exude. It’s not something that happens overnight, but it’s a strategy to help you cope with something as full-on as this.

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