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When To Keep Moving Forward As A Busy Caregiver

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Find guidance on when to keep moving forward within the caregiver role, using self-reflection and intuition while prioritizing well-being.


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Being a caregiver is a tremendous honor. After all, what could be more important than caring for your loved ones? Whether it is in the capacity of a parent caring for a child, an adult child caring for their aging parents, or caregivers who are taking care of loved ones who are ailing with a chronic disease such as cancer, or in my case, my guy who has Parkinson’s disease.

Caregiving is also a tremendous responsibility and the statistics of burnout are quite alarming. There are 48 million adults in the United States alone who are providing unpaid care to loved ones, and 56% of them say it is difficult to manage their own mental health, with 41% feeling lonely.

That said, many caregivers feel good about taking care of others, despite the hard work and emotional challenges. Caring for loved ones helps caregivers feel good about their lives and provides them with a sense of purpose.

This article emphasizes the importance of self-reflection, intuition, and seeking support to navigate the complex role of caregiving while prioritizing well-being. As caregivers, when we look at the progress made, our personal growth, and the impact our commitment has on those we care for, we can gain clarity and confidence in our decision-making progress.

Recognizing When To Keep Moving Forward In The Caregiver Journey

Caregiving is a journey filled with challenges, rewards, and profound moments of personal growth. It’s a role that many of us step into with little to no preparation, often learning as we go.

For me, as a caregiver, I often look to Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” This sentiment rings true for me and for many caregivers who are navigating the complex and emotional terrain of caring for loved ones.

Looking at the big picture can sometimes feel overwhelming. Caring for Doug who has Parkinson’s disease, and living with a chronic disease that we both know has no cure, sometimes I get caught up in the “what ifs”, and I have to force myself to take a step back, breathe, and just step out in faith today – one day is all – one day, one moment at a time.

The Bible offers a beautiful verse in this regard, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Martin Luther King

The Importance Of Perspective As A Caregiver

For many caregivers. we sometimes find ourselves facing hard times and difficult situations, feeling overwhelmed by the responsibilities and sacrifices that come with the role.

It is important to maintain perspective, however, and to keep in mind the big picture. We must recognize that everyone’s caregiver journey is unique, and no two roles are the same.

Staying curious is helpful because it keeps the mind active and the heart alive. This curiosity and passion for making a difference can propel caregivers to explore new paths and discover new things about themselves and their capabilities.

Signs To Keep Moving Forward

Recognizing progress and growth is crucial in the caregiving journey. Looking at the small things, like a smile from the care recipient or a successful day managing caregiving duties, can be a significant milestone. These small steps forward can be the first thing caregivers notice when evaluating their journey.

Feeling a deep sense of purpose and fulfillment in the caregiving role is another indicator that it is time to continue advancing. As Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Caregivers who find joy, fulfillment, and a sense of accomplishment in their role embrace their unique way of caregiving and are therefore better able and willing to take the next step with confidence.


4 Factors to Consider When Deciding To Continue Moving Forward

When deciding to continue to move forward in the caregiver journey, there are several factors to consider.

  1. Commitment: Staying committed to the well-being of our care recipients plays a pivotal role in deciding to keep moving forward as a busy caregiver. Even though we may sometimes face challenges and hard times, our unwavering commitment to our loved ones can drive us to persevere.
  2. Personal capacity: It is important to evaluate our physical, emotional, and mental capabilities to ensure we can effectively manage our caregiver responsibilities without compromising our own well-being and health.
  3. Boundaries: Establishing clear boundaries is important for busy caregivers as it helps protect our overall well-being and ensures that we can provide the best care without experiencing burnout or resentment.
  4. Balance: Maintaining a balance between our caregiver duties and self-care is important to ensure our overall well-being and to prevent burnout.

Taking care of yourself is not selfish, it is necessary for providing the best care possible. Please do not let people shame you into feeling guilty for taking care of your own needs.

If you are stressed, anxious, and burnt out, your ability to care for your loved ones will suffer. You cannot pour from an empty cup. It is important for caregivers to prioritize self-care, and to seek a reliable support system to help navigate the complexities of caregiving.

The Role of Self-Reflection and Intuition

Self-reflection and intuition are powerful tools for caregivers when deciding about continuing their caregiver journey. Taking the time to reflect on feelings, experiences, and needs can provide valuable insight and clarity.

As a caregiver, my goal is to take the best care of my loved ones, and those around me, without sacrificing my own mental and physical health. Finding the balance is not always easy but it is vital for being a long-term caregiver.

Trusting one’s intuition and inner wisdom is important because it guides us in the right direction. Caregivers who listen to their hearts and trust their intuition can make informed decisions about their caregiving role and the next steps.

Seeking Guidance and Support in Decision-Making

No one should walk the caregiving journey alone. Seeking guidance from other family members, friends, or professionals can offer a fresh perspective and provide valuable insight.

Support groups, counseling, and resources are also excellent sources of encouragement and caregiver support. Engaging with a support system provides caregivers with the encouragement, understanding, and assistance needed to continue moving forward.

The Caregiver Journey

The caregiving journey will have many ups and downs, challenges, and rewards. Recognizing when to keep moving forward requires introspection, trust in oneself, and the support of others.

As Martin Luther King, Jr. eloquently stated, “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving.”

Caregivers who embrace their unique mission, prioritize self-care, and seek support when needed can navigate their journey with resilience, compassion, and purpose.

If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl but whatever you do, you have to keep moving.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every caregiver’s journey is unique, it is the baby steps, small things, and newfound paths that contribute to a better life for both the caregiver and the care recipient. I pray you find your balance, and continue moving forward as a busy but helpful and valuable caregiver.

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  1. Keep up the good work. I volunteer at the VA Medical Center Sepulveda, and I interact with a few caregivers, I must say it seems an arduous task. Thanks. By the way, I shall sprinkle my Mocktail with a bit of Grand Mariner ‍♂️

    1. Ha ha sounds like a plan. I’m a Grand Mariner fan myself. 😉 So lovely that you volunteer at the VAMC, and yes, caregiving, of all kinds, can be tremendously rewarding but challenging at the same time. Thank you for your comment and the support!