Taking care of patients with chronic illness, dementia, cancer or terminal illness can make a dent in our mood and general well-being. For starters, this can mean giving up our goals, motivations, and goals in life. In many cases it translates into a change in our lifestyle, having to be aware of many things like medication, activities, hygiene, food and the same demands of the sick person.
It is important to assume that you will have many changes of mood and emotions such as frustration and also thinking to end-patient care [การดูแลผู้ป่วยระยะสุดท้าย which is the term in Thai], followed by a feeling of guilt for not reaching everything and having left aside your plans.
Useful Tips to Avoid the Wear and Tear of Taking Care of A Sick Person
Communicate: Express your feelings with close friends when take care patient [ดูแลคนป่วย which is the term in Thai] and don’t save anything. You need a space where you can express your worries and emotions.
Try to maintain a positive attitude: Sometimes it is normal to fall into pessimism and nothing happens, we always have the opportunity to get up again.
You must accept your limitations: We are not perfect, and it is normal for us to be wrong. Always support the people who love you.
In possible cases, make it easy for the sick person and yourself: Encourage his independence and let him perform the tasks he can assume. In this way, you will reinforce your feeling of worth and self-esteem, and assume fewer burdens and tasks.
Always learn to be resilient: Each step of the path gives us certain teachings that, if we know how to listen and integrate, it can be of great help to increase our knowledge about life and ourselves.