Narcissism – Tips to Keeping Your Own Sanity For Caregivers
Being a caregiver to an elderly parent can be an incredibly difficult job. It is made much more difficult when you are taking care of someone you deem narcissistic. Realize that many of the negative things you attach to your patient are mental projections and are probably not true. If your elderly parent has a health condition, it is not easy to remember how they were before they experienced the health challenge.
There are a number of different strategies to cope with being a caregiver to an elderly parent. The first is to know that you need to take care of yourself first before you can be an effective caregiver. This means taking a couple of hours out each day to reflect or to do an activity that is personally rewarding. This can mean any number of thing such as; taking a walk, spending time gardening, or meditation.
With the internet you can easily join peer groups or write blogs that allow you to vent your frustration. The big benefit is that people respond with anecdotes and advice on how to deal with the challenges you are currently facing. If nothing else it gives you an avenue to express your frustrations. There are plenty of specific online forums and email lists dedicated to caregivers of specific medical patients. If you want to find a caregiver peer group for Multiple Sclerosis patients there are plenty online. One of the most popular online support groups are Alzheimer’s disease groups.
The truth is most of the problems that you have experienced have been navigated by countless others. If you have new problems that you can share, this creates value that continues well beyond that week.
Last Modified April 14, 2010 @ 7:01 pm