We live in a society where we place great emphasis on freedom, particularly when it comes to what we see as asking for assistance from other people. This may seem especially overwhelming when receiving assistance from those we have historically helped. If you have kids of your own, consider how you would feel if you were dependent on them for your care and well-being.
Many of us won’t even entertain the thought of placing a burden on our kids at all; we want them to be happy and not feel a sense of obligation. If we believed we were burdening them, we might not make a practical decision. In this scenario, as the caregivers, it’s vital that we refrain from letting our loved ones feel like they are a burden at all. It can happen when we take time off work or change our schedules to tend to their needs.
They might feel like they’re the ones causing your unhappiness if you visit them with a negative attitude. This can be averted by ensuring that you do, indeed, have a life of your own separate from caregiving.
Self-care is a component of all caregiving endeavours. Without a life outside of caregiving, we end up resentful and hostile towards the person we should be caring for, and as such, make them feel like a burden.
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