Most caregivers wind up with a dwindling social life at some point. That’s understandable, with everything that you have to do as a caregiver, but you can still have social interaction that doesn’t have anything to do with your caregiving duties.
Reach out to Other People.
Whether it’s in line at the grocery store or somewhere else, practice reaching out to other people. If it’s been a while since you’ve done this, it can feel really awkward. But that’s the beauty of giving this a try. You can find yourself meeting lots of people and having fantastic conversations, even if you don’t see that person again. It’s great practice for developing bigger relationships.
Find a Support Group.
Other caregivers understand exactly what you’re going through. They may even have some really great ideas for helping you to get through this situation. The bonus is that you may well make some fantastic friends right there in your support group. It’s worth taking the time to find a group that makes you really feel comfortable.
Take Actual Breaks.
Chances are that you give yourself a break only when your senior is otherwise occupied or when it will not affect her at all. That’s all well and good, but it most likely means that you’re not taking breaks very often and when you do, they’re probably shorter than you need them to be. Hire elder care providers and give yourself a real break. It’s worth the extra effort that it takes to set this up and it can do you a world of good.
Balance out Everything in Your Life.
It’s really difficult as a caregiver to feel as if you still have balance in your life. Pay attention to how much time and energy you’re devoting to every aspect of your life and look for ways to stop spreading yourself thin. When you actively seek balance, it’s a lot easier for you to find. You may need some extra help in order to maintain the balance that you’re seeking out.
If you’re still having trouble getting your social life up and running again, you might need to try some other tactics. Some people develop a mental block about socialising, especially when they’ve been occupied for a long time. Talking with a counsellor can help you to break through whatever is blocking you from having the social activity you would like to have.