If you are a caregiver and also have a job alongside it, chances are that you have run into the struggles before. You have an important thing to do for work, but your parent also needs some attention – how are you going to balance caregiving like that?
It is no surprise that millions of people end up physically and emotionally exhausted, emotionally drained, and distracted because of caregiving for a loved one. It means that it is more important than ever before to take a moment and relax – to unwind for yourself. However, finding that moment might be harder than you can let on. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do.
Why It Matters
This might be the first question for people – why does a balance between work and caregiving truly matter? What does it matter if I am exhausted and trying to do everything at once – because it is only temporary right?
The truth is that you might be doing yourself and the person that you care about a disservice when you talk about caregiving that way. If you are unable to strike a balance, you are not optimally performing at either side – which means that both your work and professional life are going to suffer as a result.
What Can You Do?
What can you actually do if you find that you are having a hard time balancing work and caregiving? The first thing that you can do is actually talk to the human resources department at your company to see what rights you may have available. Perhaps you are able to take unpaid leave for family caregiving without losing health benefits or job security. Alternatively, look whether there is a employee assistance program offered by your program.
Make sure that you talk to your direct manager/supervisor. You want to make sure that you are open and honest about what is happening in your life, rather than just appearing preoccupied or coming in late. Even though this is not a guarantee for anything, it is good to be open and honest with your job.
Make Sure To Ask For Help
Even though you might feel alone when caregiving, the important thing to remember is that you are in fact not alone. Whether you have to ask family members, loved ones, or anyone who you can ask for help – do not be afraid to do so. Take a moment and ask for help, people are going to be more than happy to reach out and assist you.