Caring for a disabled family member, be it a child or an adult, can be an extremely strenuous and tedious task at times.
From appointments with doctors, to taking care of the disabled member’s diet, to managing meltdowns…long-term care giving for disabled family members is down-right challenging at times.
In the midst of all that is involved, it is important to remember that caring for a disabled family member is also a path to receive many spiritual blessings. You grow in ways that the average human won’t & this will benefit your life in many areas for years to come.
And while sometimes you may feel overwhelmed with anguish, God will help you to take care of your disabled family member, day in & day out. He will give you an extra portion of strength, peace & grace, if you seek Him.
Here are a few tips to bring yourself into a place of calm when the sea of life gets stormy:
- Whenever you feel low, spend some time in prayer. The old adage, “prayer changes things” can open up new ways of thinking in stressful times.
- You can meditate for a couple of minutes every day to bring your inner self into a relaxed state of being. Bringing peace throughout your body.
- Try to stay informed about the disability; the specific diagnosis that is. The more you understand the disability, the better you can take care of the disabled family member.
- Talk with other family members about the disability so that you can work together to get some respite. A community effort is essential. No one should have to walk this journey alone.