When you’re working full time and trying to care for your senior loved one, life can get overwhelming. Since caring for a loved one who is elderly can be a full-time job in itself, you probably feel as though you’re working all of the time. Life shouldn’t be this way, so I’d like to give you some tips on how you can balance work and caregiving.
Work When You’re Working – Care When You’re Caregiving
While you may believe you’re getting a lot done when you multitask, you actually aren’t because you’re spreading yourself too thin. You will feel much less overwhelmed if you concentrate on work when you’re working and concentrate on caring when you’re caregiving.
This may have become a habit for you. The best way to break this habit is to just stop doing what you’re doing at work that has to do with your senior loved one. When you’re caregiving, do not take time to work on your computer – even checking email. Sure, you may have some downtime. However, if you continue to do things that have to do with caregiving such as making appointments, organizing, or other tasks that you never seem to get to, you’ll soon feel much more in control of caregiving and work.
Ask for Help
Sometimes, there aren’t enough hours in a day. You can’t be in two places at one time, which is why you need help. Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty about asking someone else to take your senior loved one to an appointment. You need that help, so you can continue to concentrate on work when you’re at work.
Plan for Everything
It’s important to plan what you need to do at work and then what you need to do for your senior loved ones. This way you can figure out schedule conflicts as they come up, instead of stressing out when something pops up that you could have taken care of a long time ago.
Have a calendar where you write down work tasks, one in which you write down caregiving tasks, and then a third one where you join them. Why do you need three calendars? This way, you can concentrate on your work calendar when you’re at work. You can concentrate on your caregiving calendar when you’re caregiving. You join them in the third calendar because you want to make sure there are no schedule conflicts.
This may sound like a lot of work, but once you get started and organize everything, the only work is when you have tasks to do. Updating takes a lot less time than getting started. Try it for at least a month and you may just find that it will help you greatly.
Avoid Taking on More
You do so much for work and caregiving, so try to avoid taking on more from other people. While it’s okay to be nice and help friends and other family members, limit how much you take on each time. It’s good to learn how to say no to people, or you’ll end up being taken advantage of.
Looking for More Help?
If you find this information helps you, and you want more help with balancing work and caregiving, consider a personal consulting sessions with me – Kendall Van Blarcom. I provide personal consultations to those who are seniors or providing caregiving to their senior loved ones. Sessions are via the phone, so it makes it easy, private, and comfortable. Learn more here.