Most caregivers start with noble intentions, enthusiasm, and vigor, but long-term caregiving can wear people down psychologically. Many wind up mechanically completing tasks and losing touch with the essence of caregiving – helping someone they love. Prioritizing connection over tasks is one way emotionally depleted caregivers can replenish themselves and rekindle their enthusiasm. For instance, focus only on crucial to-dos and spend time with a loved one talking and reminiscing. In the long run, it won’t be completing tasks that caregivers remember over time but the small moments of conversation and connection with their loved one.
Thank you, Barry J. Jacobs with AARP for this insightful article.