Ryan took on the role of caregiver for his elderly mother out of a seeming lack of options. His sisters wouldn’t volunteer and he was the next option, according to them. He wasn’t thrilled about it, as it would take him away from his job, his friends, and hobbies that he enjoyed, but he was ‘guilted’ into it by his family. He found that the caregiver stress he was feeling was strong and that this was, hands down, the toughest job he had ever taken on during his lifetime.
At first, he was angry. He was resentful. He couldn’t afford to hire someone, or so he thought, and none of his sisters were even thinking about offering to pay for home care. So he was stuck being the family caregiver.
He felt that he was running around from one appointment to the next, having to leave work early to run over and help his mother who was stubborn and unwilling to wait for help with one thing or another. He was frustrated by all of this, yet felt powerless to do anything about it.
Then one afternoon, he was struck by an idea. It was a creative idea that, the more he thought about it, could lead to an entrepreneurial concept. He didn’t have any real connections to his job; it was work and it helped pay the bills, but it certainly wasn’t his passion or a career. He never could figure out what he wanted to do.
However, the more that he thought about this idea, and how it could help other caregivers, and the patients for whom they care, the more motivated he became to not only develop the idea, but also to think of other ideas as well. Before long, Ryan wasn’t feeling any stress whatsoever about caring for his mother.
When you have a motivation, a desire that keeps you focused on it, and you have an enthusiasm to make the most out of a tough situation, you can become innovative. It doesn’t matter if you have any experience creating products or items that other people might want; when you look for opportunities in even the most mundane parts of your life, you will begin to see them everywhere you turn.
If you’re a family caregiver and you’re dealing with caregiver stress, one way that you might want to consider to help alleviate it could be to become innovative. Grab an idea and run with it. Who knows, you could end up developing the next revolution in care.
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