Mantras for CaregiversMay 17, 2023
Family caregivers cannot offer their loved ones the support they need if they aren’t first caring for themselves. In order to give your care responsibilities 100%, you must tend to your own health—and this extends past diet and exercise. You must also make an effort to take care of your mental health.
When you look up ways to tend to your mental health through self-care, you likely hear about connecting with others, maintaining your hobbies, and making time for relaxing activities like yoga or meditation. However, there are even smaller activities you can partake in to manage your mental health, such as repeating mantras for caregivers.
What is a mantra?
A mantra is a word or phrase one repeats to aid in concentration, focus, or releasing one’s mind. The practice originated in religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, but has since been adopted for mental health practices. People utilize mantras to clear their thoughts and bring them back to the present.
Repeating mantras can be an extension of the mindfulness practice you may already partake in, as it encourages you to focus on the present instead of ruminating about what you cannot control.
Mantras for caregivers
A mantra can be anything you want it to be. What is most important is that it has its desired impact. If you’d like to start incorporating a mantra into your life, but aren’t sure what to use, consider some of these options.
“I am creating positive change”
In the midst of all the hardships that come with caring for an elderly loved one, it can be difficult to see the positive impact your work has on their lives. Take time to remind yourself that, no matter what the day looked like, you are indeed making positive changes in your loved one’s life.
“Keep putting one foot in front of the other”
The most important aspect of acting as a caregiver isn’t the amount of work you complete every day: it’s about showing up. Each and every day, you must rise to the occasion to support your elderly loved one. As long as you continue to put one foot in front of the other, things will move in the right direction.
“If one path doesn’t work, go down another”
You’re not going to get everything right the first time, and that is something you have to learn to accept. When that happens, don’t let it squander you. Instead, remember that there is always another path to go down. Keep trying new things to find the solution that works best for you and your loved one.
“I’m not alone”
Caring for an elderly loved one can be isolating. There may be times that you feel completely alone in your day-to-day, so it’s crucial you remind yourself that this is not the case. You have family and friends who will gladly be there for you as you need their support. When you remind yourself of this fact, do yourself a favor and reach out to these loved ones.
When caregiving grows to be too difficult a feat, hire help
There may be times when providing your elderly loved one care all on your own is too much. Recognize that it’s perfectly normal to need help in such a difficult position, and hire the help of an at-home caregiver. These professionals can assist with any and all of the non-medical activities of daily living your loved one may need help with, including:
- Personal care
- Meal preparation
- Medication reminders
- Light housekeeping
- Brain games
If you think your loved one would benefit from the support of an at-home caregiver, give us a call at 773-274-9262. We would love to discuss our program with you.
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