Unless you have cared for someone who is aged, ill, or living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia-related disease, it’s hard to imagine how difficult it is to be a caregiver. Caregiver stress can cause a variety of physical and emotional ailments.
Developing a strategy for coping with the stress associated with caregiving may help you maintain the physical, mental, and emotional strength you will need to do this over an extended period of time.
For the first few years my mother cared for my dad following his debilitating stroke, she worked hard to maintain what she called a “detached” attitude. She said finding her own happiness and peace from within allowed her stay detached from her physical existence and still do what had to be done to provide my dad with a relative amount of peace and comfort.
Her “detached” attitude gradually evolved into what she called, “An Attitude of Creative Indifference.” If you’d like a little help figuring out how to keep your “emotional bubble” level, please click on the link to this article I wrote for ThirdAge.com: How to Cope with Caregiver Stress