How to Deal with Feeling Unappreciated as a Family Caregiver

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Feeling that your efforts as a family caregiver are going unappreciated is a terrible way to feel. Your first step is to acknowledge that you may not be able to change how other people treat you. Beyond that, there are some concrete steps you can take.Caregiver-in-Ossining-NY

Give Yourself a Pat on the Back

When you’re not getting the level of appreciation from others that you really need, you may need to pat yourself on the back. This can be as simple as congratulating yourself silently for finishing a difficult task or as showy as sending yourself flowers. If there’s something simple that you can do for yourself to remind you that you’re doing a great job, go ahead and do it. Waiting around for other people to acknowledge that you’re awesome can take a really long time.

Keep a Journal of Your Accomplishments

Sometimes when you’re not feeling appreciated for what you do, you might decide that’s because you’re not actually doing much of anything that is worthwhile. If that’s where you are at the moment, there’s a simple fix. Start keeping a journal of your accomplishments as they happen. You can define accomplishments however you want, but the key is to write down all of your acts that are worth appreciation. Then you can look back later and realize just how much you do.

Join a Support Group

Your other family members may not truly appreciate all that you do for your elderly loved one but a support group made up of other family caregivers know intimately what rabbits you pull out of hats on a daily basis. Find a support group that you can join. You’ll learn a lot but you’ll also develop a social support network that will come in handy. Don’t forget that online support groups can be just as helpful.

Let Your Other Family Members Know How You Feel

It’s entirely possible that your other family members don’t understand that you’re feeling unappreciated. If you think that it can make a difference, let them know that you’d appreciate a “thank you” now and again or a kind word about how you’re doing. It’s entirely up to them whether they follow through or not, of course, but at least you’ve let them know how you feel.

Ultimately, you may have to be your own best cheerleader. Your self-care plan needs to account for building your self-esteem as much as you can.

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Geralyn DiGiovanni, Manager, Client Services