When you isolate yourself as a caregiver, you’re restricting the interactions that you have with other situations and other people. This can leave you feeling depressed, especially when you don’t realize what you’re doing. Here are 5 ways to get out of that isolation.
Join a Support Group.
One of the best ways to break out of isolation is to join a support group for other caregivers. You can join one that is an in-person group or online, but meeting in person can be a healthier option. The purpose of a support group is to help you to realize that you’re not alone and that there are people who understand exactly what you’re going through.
Ask for Help from Others.
Other family members and friends might want to help, but without an understanding of what you need that’s difficult to offer. They also may be waiting for you to ask for what you need. This takes some practice for some people, so start giving it a try with smaller tasks and favors. You can work your way up.
Hire Elderly Care Providers.
You might feel more comfortable leaving home more often if you have experienced elderly care providers on hand for your aging adult. Home care providers understand what it’s like for caregivers who are committed to taking the best care possible of their aging adults. They can offer you tips to help you manage your own isolation in a way that works for you.
Seek out New Hobbies and Activities.
When you’re busy all the time, it feels as if downtime should be busy, too. If that’s the case for you, then finding a new hobby to engage in could be the right answer. Look for something that you enjoy and that you are comfortable doing. Bonus points if it involves leaving the house.
Start Tracking Your Isolation.
You might be thinking that you’re nowhere near being isolated at all, and you could be right. But it’s best to know for sure. Start keeping a journal in which you track where you go, who you talk to, and other details that seem pertinent. You might be surprised to realize that you’re more isolated than you thought you were.
You’re likely to go through stages when it comes to managing your isolation. Some situations may require you to be more involved in caregiving, which naturally leaves less time for everything else. What’s important is that you don’t make the isolation your new normal.