Growing up is one of those things that just can’t be avoided. It’s inevitable, but also beautiful, so if you tend to dread every birthday – stop. Sure, you’re getting older, but that also means wiser, experiencing new things and sharing your life with loved ones. That isn’t a negative thing. It’s a wonderful gift.
Having said that, the older we get, the more responsibilities we are glued to. Some good, like starting a family and creating a life. Some bad, like dealing with loved ones passing away. But that’s all part of life and every single second should be appreciated – because you’re still here.
Knowing how to manage is one way that you can take off some of the pressure of being an adult. By having ideas of how you plan on dealing with certain situations – if or when they arise – will allow you to come prepared, both mentally and physically.
So here is a list of what may arise, and how to deal with it.
Having a child
This is one of the biggest life-changing events that will take place in someone’s life. – Having a baby! The process is a very overwhelming one, from being pregnant for 9 months, until that big day comes of delivering your little one into the world. Being a parent is unlike anything else, because you have a mini human that you’re now responsible for. You have to make sure that you’re giving them everything they need, as well as so much of your love and attention – which often comes naturally. But for some, it takes a while to get to grips with this new life.
Don’t ever think that that makes you a bad Mother, because it doesn’t. We all work at different stages, and while one person may have their instincts kick in and bond with their child immediately – someone else may take a little longer to get that feeling, and that’s okay. Just speak to your other half or a close family member or friend, and let them know what’s going on. You’ll soon realize you’re not alone.
As your parents get older, you may find that they are unable to look after themselves as they once did. This may be because they’ve had had an accident and can no longer move around, or maybe they’re dealing with an illness that’s causing a slight danger risk to them.
Take caring for someone with Alzheimer’s for example, this will be tough – there’s no way of sugar coating this. They will start to forget more and more, to the point of maybe not even being able to recognize you anymore. This is heartbreaking, and when it happens you may not quite know how to feel or what to do. Fortunately, there are many great places that offer care and support for both your loved one, as well as yourself. So never feel like you’re alone. There’s always help out there, whether that be a residential home for your parent, or a live-in carer. As well as support groups and advice for anyone going through this.