Being fearful is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the role of a caregiver. Caregivers can find themselves having to fight fear and anxiety away, especially when self-sabotaging thoughts creep into mind about making mistakes or leaving the patient’s side for any period of time.
If fear and anxiety take over and the caregiver finds themselves constantly trying to navigate through their day, it may be an indication that some kind intervention needs to happen.
There are a few things that can be put in place to keep anxiety away, or at least try to keep it under control before it goes too far:
- Create plans: Build a planning binder or go-to resources that include information about the patient, the care that is needed and emergency contacts. This is a perfect tool to have on hand in case of an emergency.
- Start journaling: A journal can be like a therapist on paper. Take a bit of time each day to write down your feelings, your memories of the day and even any questions that may arise regarding care. Try to reference the journal often, it will be easy to see the positives that caregiving has on the patient.