October is Emotional Wellness Month. This is the ideal opportunity for you as a family caregiver to learn more about this important element of mental and emotional health and well-being, and how you can increase it for your aging parent and for you. This emotional wellness not only supports a better perspective on the world around you, but can improve the quality of the care that you give them, and how you are able to engage with other elements of your life.
Emotional wellness is about being aware of your feelings and how they are impacting you, accepting those feelings, and being able to act on them in healthy, constructive ways. Having emotional wellness is about being able to perceive life in an optimistic way and look ahead to good things, even when facing challenges or negativity. This does not mean ignoring bad things that happen in life or denying that there are frustrations and challenges, but that those things can be managed and overcome, and that there is still good to look forward to in life.
Those who are emotionally well, exhibit a wide variety of characteristics, including:
• The ability to make decisions confidently, that are based on your own thoughts, opinions, beliefs, and perceptions, as well as what is going on around you
• Feeling independent and able to function independently and rely on yourself, while also continuing to appreciate the support and investment of others in your life
• Maintain relationships that are trusting, respectful, and mutually beneficial
• Be willing to take on challenges and feel confident that you will be able to manage that challenge, or recover if you are not able to overcome it
• Be willing to take appropriate risks and see the potential benefits in those risks
• Find reward and enjoyment in all aspects of your life, and feel worthy of finding that reward and enjoyment
How can Eldercare help?
Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult is challenging, but elderly care can make a tremendous difference in your parent’s quality of life, and your own experience as their caregiver. An elderly home care services provider can be with your parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they get all of the care that they need, while also supporting independence and keeping you at the forefront of their care routine. Through a highly personalized set of services, this care provider can help your parent to stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy while encouraging greater independence, activity, and engagement as they age in place.