No one says caring for a loved one is easy, that is for sure, but I will always say it is worth it.
All the things that need to be done as independence diminishes love can easily be overshadowed.
I’m not sure why but I didn’t think of the time I spent caring for my dad as a sacrifice until others used that word. Though I drove 220 miles one way each week for over 2 years and every other week for an additional 2 years I just didn’t think of it in that way.
My mindset was one of stepping into needs my dad had that he couldn’t take care of himself. I was just being a supportive daughter.
Your Mindset matters! Teepa Snow says we need to focus on “Doing with not doing to!”
- Walking with them, not just getting there.
- Bathing with them, not just getting them clean.
- Dressing with them, not just changing their clothes.
- Visiting with them not just talking at them.
This mindset will help you get the tasks done with dignity, honor and more efficiency.
When I reflect back now, I can see that the time I spent away from my home, husband and kids was a sacrifice, but it was so worth it.
In fact, it wasn’t any more of a sacrifice to me than hanging out and caring for my grandchildren one day each week.
In both cases, I got as much from our time together and the relationship we create as I gave. Maybe that’s why I don’t feel it’s a sacrifice.
How do you define sacrifice?
What mindset do you find is helpful to keep you from feeling resentful of the time you spend caring for your loved one?
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Rayna Neises understands the joys and challenges that come from a season of caring. She helped care for both of her parents during their separate battles with Alzheimer’s over a thirty-year span. She is able to look back on those days now with no regrets – and she wishes the same for every woman caring for aging parents.
To help others through this challenging season of life, Rayna has written No Regrets: Hope for Your Caregiving Season, a book filled with her own heart-warming stories and practical suggestions for journeying through a caregiving season. Rayna is an ICF Associate Certified Coach with certifications in both Life and Leadership Coaching from the Professional Christian Coaching Institute.