Did you know that gratitude can make you a better caregiver?
Being thankful can help reduce anxiety and allow us to cope better with stress. It can also boost optimism, improve focus, increase happiness and improve sleep. The month of November provides the perfect opportunity to count your blessings and practice being grateful.
As a caregiver, you may have your fair share of frustrating and exhausting days. However, even in the hard moments, there are many reasons to be thankful for the opportunity to help others. Here are four reasons to be grateful this holiday season for your caregiving career.
- Your Work is Meaningful. At the beginning of every morning, you can wake up knowing that you will truly make a difference in someone’s life that day. You may feel like your day is filled with repetitive tasks like helping to cook meals or clean the house. However, all those little things you do result in a huge impact on the lives of those you serve. Without you, they would struggle with physical and emotional challenges and would not be able to live life to the fullest. Since you chose to be a caregiver, you have the power to transform someone’s day, week, and ultimately, their life.
- Lessons from Work can Enrich Your Personal Life. As a caregiver, you develop many important skills which can also be applied to your personal life. You learn how to speak (and listen!) with empathy and patience. You can hone your skills in communication, flexibility, and reading body language. Physical strength can improve from helping others with daily tasks which in turn leads to greater health and well-being. You will likely learn about nutrition, human relationships, efficiency, mindfulness and you will gain knowledge of a plethora of medical terms. All these skills can serve you well in areas of your life outside of work.
- You Model Generosity. You may have a son or daughter, niece or nephew, or other young people in your life who look up to you. As a caregiver, you can show them how to be selfless and value others in their community. You are able to truly lead by example and demonstrate that caring for others is the right thing to do.
- Insights About Aging. If you are given the chance to care for an older adult, you can learn many things about the aging process. It may present you with new perspectives and ways to help prepare yourself or loved ones for that season of life. Not only can it give you a new outlook on how to help others but it may also help you prioritize your goals and what matters to you.
By focusing on caregiving through a lens of gratitude, you will feel more fulfilled and this will translate into you becoming a more effective caregiver.