Is there joy in being a Caregiver?

inspiration 2 august

Caregiving: Recognizing the Joys Beyond the Challenges

The challenges that life presents us with can also provide tremendous opportunities for growth. One of the best examples of how challenges can yield tremendous rewards is being a caregiver to a chronically ill child or a grandparent who needs extra care.

The Trees… and the Forest 
Granted, the job isn’t always easy. Taking care of a family member is filled with details, like medication schedules which, if left unnoticed can have major negative implications. And regardless of how other household members are involved, or not involved, on a day-to-day basis, caregiving is a shared experience because caregiving affects so many aspects of daily life, including finances, meal-planning, household chores, and vacations, to name but a few.

If you are caregiver, one thing you know for sure is that helping is all about sweating the small stuff – every last detail. And no family member is left untouched.

Depending on the level of care required, and its impact on daily life, it is easy to get caught up in the process of handling the details and not acknowledge the joys. While those daily details are critical, it is a natural response to keep their focus on the trees and forget that all of these trees make up a beautiful forest. But it is in taking the bird’s eye view that the real meaning of being a caregiver begins to take shape.

But are you also staying focused on the joy? There are few things more gratifying in life than making a difference in someone else’s life, and helping a loved one in need provides that opportunity every day.

Here are some ways to help you push the blessing button on those days when the details feel overwhelming.

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