Little Steps to Gratitude While Caregiving

Gratitude is the hardest to get when you most need it.

Take caregiving: pain, stress, and exhaustion rule your days. The only emotional relief is gathering a bit of gratitude yet it is so hard to do. Life changes in a big way when you become a caregiver. But it changes in little ways too. You have more emotionally intimate relationships. You appreciate life a little more. A kind smile is enough to brighten your day. You discover the joy of being outside of the house and the comfort of being within it.

Gratitude is the shortest distance to acceptance. And even the smallest step to gratitude is still a big relief.

For November’s CareCards, we’re going to share a little of what we’re grateful for. We encourage you to do the same in the comments below! We’d love to turn your gratitude into tomorrow’s CareCard.

Written by Alexandra Axel
Alexandra Axel was the first founding staff member at The Caregiver Space. As a New York native, Allie grew up people-watching and story-collecting, eventually pursuing her undergraduate degree from The College of New Jersey in sociology and creative writing. At The Caregiver Space, she worked with social media, graphic design, blogging, and program development to brand and grow an online community composed of, and focused on, caregivers. From the seedlings of an idea to the thriving community that it is today, Allie was there from the beginning to support the evolution of The Caregiver Space. Allie enjoys writing poetry and short fiction, devouring books, biking, crafting, urban agriculture and imperfectly cooking. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her pup, Hen.

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  1. I am grateful to be able to take care of my son. I am grateful for strength to do so.

  2. I am grateful that I have had the chance honor of caring for my brother for the last 10 years. I will cherish our time together forever

  3. I’m grateful for being able to share what I have learned being a caregiver

    Grateful for my family close by

    Grateful my hubby is doing better

    Grateful we can pay our bills , buy food , and medicine when we need it

    Grateful I am healthy enough to be a caregiver at 71 years old today

    Take care and Bless you all
    Theresa Loder

  4. We are grateful for God’s constant love

    We are thankful for being able to take care of my mom


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