3. Connect with others: Hanson also emphasizes the value of a solid social network, saying that caregivers need to try and seek out as many opportunities for social interaction as they can. He says that caregivers seeking to become more optimistic need a diverse support network that can offer them camaraderie and support along their journey, as well as an opportunity to vent. Being a caregiver for both his mother and father, Hanson knows that finding time to socialize can be challenging for time-strapped caregivers, and encourages them to just do what they can. It may also help to broaden your idea of what social interaction means. Animals and kids are two sources of socialization that most people may not think to utilize, but Hanson says that they can supply caregivers with much-needed comfort and perspective.
It’s true that focusing on a beautiful sunset won’t make you deaf to your loved one’s resentful complaints, or make changing their diaper a pleasant task, but Hanson points out that research has consistently shown that people, no matter their circumstances, can learn to see the world in a more balanced way.
Will these tips work for you?
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