How The Positive Effects Of Gratitude Reduces Caregiving Stress
Caregiving is never a simple task; it requires a lot of energy to execute all the works they are meant to do. Some caregivers are too occupied by enormous workload and therefore resulting to stress. What can then be done to reducing caregiving stress? One of the vital keys to reducing caregiving stress is gratitude.
What Is Gratitude?
How can then the positive effects of gratitude brings about reduction of stress? Let’s quickly define what gratitude is – “Gratitude is said to be the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” Or ” Gratitude is a warm feeling of thankfulness towards the world, or towards specific individual.
In positive psychology inquiry, gratitude is powerfully and systematically related to greater happiness. Gratitude serves as a stress reductant as it helps people feel more positive emotions, improve their health, tighten up relationships, deal with hardship and relish good experiences. People feeling and expression of gratitude can be in different ways: some shows gratitude by uttering words of appreciation, some express gratitude by gift rewards, some express gratitude by having a lunch or dinner with each other e.t.c. Either ways, these positive effects of gratitude helps in reducing caregiving stress.
However, when you express your heartfelt gratitude to caregivers, you are actually thanking them for what they have been doing. But do you also know it will also encourage them to serve you better? Of course! And also it will help them to get over many psychological stress and improve their overall attitude. Gratitude is a vital tool with many positive effects in reduction of caregiving stress and also a vital tool used to enhance caregivers ability and willingness to work.
As a caregiver, there are some ways in reducing caregiving stress using gratitude as a vessel. One of the best and arguably “the easiest” ways to do this is by keeping a journal; it can be simple as a notebook, a diary, a note app or a memo on mobile phones, or a text document on your computer. This is just to provide a medium for which you can jot or put down the things that make you feel grateful and thankful for. You can do that with any format that pleases you. All these have positive effects and help reduces caregiving stress.
As a caregiver, there are ways in which positive effects of gratitude reduces caregiving stress.
Positive Effects Of Gratitude For Caregivers
- It helps you to be positive-minded – Cultivating the habit of showing appreciation for the things you get (no matter how big or small) improves your overall attitude and nourishes your heart.
- It helps you to be contented -Instead of worrying yourself, brooding over things you don’t have and get yourself stuck into negative thoughts which will definitely bring about complaining about the things you don’t have, and therefore has a adverse effect on your health. Just be thankful and focus on the people, situations and things that makes life better.
- It helps you to see the beauty of life – When you make gratitude to be part of you and become a lifestyle, it helps you to only see the beautiful side of life rather than the ugly side. It is only then you will always be hopeful rather than complaining.