When you’re a caregiver, you might find that your positive outlook on life sometimes gets a bit bruised. During Positive Attitude Month, which happens every October, you can take a deeper look at what helps you to get that positive feeling back.
Assess What Turns Your Attitude Negative
Look at what it is that tends to turn your attitude more negative than positive. You might find that when your elder seems to be having a bad day, that influences your attitude. Or if something doesn’t seem to be cooperating, you might be more likely to have a negative take overall. It’s important to know what triggers these feelings for you so that you can find solutions.
Pay Attention to What You’re Taking In
Some people find certain activities, like watching the news, is more likely to color their overall attitude. Start paying attention to what you’re taking in and how it affects you. For instance, if a certain news source irritates you, try looking for another one or take a break from the news. Even a short break of a day or so can help quite a bit.
Focus on Helping Others
It might sound strange to tell a family caregiver to focus on helping others when that’s what you do with a big chunk of your time, but it really can help. Focusing on helping people other than your aging adult can give you a sense of accomplishment. Look for agencies and groups you can help, even if it’s only for a short time.
Seek out Reasons to Be Positive
Everyone has their own reasons for being positive. What are yours? It might be because you like projecting a positive attitude out to the world. Or it might be because your day seems to just go more smoothly. Whatever your reasons are, look for more.
Reach out to Friends and Family
Friends and family can help you to find the support that you need when your positive attitude starts to slip. Let them know what you need and how they can give you the most help possible. When you feel fully supported, it’s so much easier to keep your attitude positive.
You don’t have to have a fully positive attitude every minute of every day, but you can definitely do some little things regularly to help yourself have a better attitude overall. That positive attitude will filter into all of the different areas of your life, which helps you even more.
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Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise.
"Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.
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