Caregiving for a loved one who’s going downhill is one of the most traumatic jobs in the world. And it’s easy to lose your ability to laugh. But you don’t have to.
In situations like this, it’s more important than ever to hold on to your sense of humor. It’s important psychologically – because everyone deserves a break. And it’s important for your physical health, too…because laughing produces immunity-boosting endorphins.
First – this is very important! – give yourself permission to laugh! And, secondly, “feed” your sense of humor. Here are a few tips…
- Keep some funny videos on hand. And watch them with your loved one. It’ll do you both good.
- Reminisce about the good old days with a friend or relative. And let your loved one sit in.
- Find a humorous TV or radio show.
- Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself!
- Go to the movies…happy, light ones. And bring your loved one, if possible.
- Surround yourself with “up” people! This is one time you don’t need to be around the “woe-is-me” type.
- Remember when you read the funnies as a kid? Do it again!
- Post jokes or cartoons on the refrigerator. And stop to look at them!
- Keep a “comedy journal” of funny things that may have happened to you or your loved one. And read it!
I meet caregivers – every day – who tell me they’ve forgotten what it’s like to laugh. My response is always the same: Someone in your position owes it to themselves to have a good laugh every once in a while!
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How Can You Hang On To Your Sense of Humor if You’re a Caregiver?