Can any caregivers here offer tips on managing bandwidth (time and emotions)? Looking specifically for practical tricks/hacks to quickly switch mood states when time allocated to productive work is interrupted by big and small worries.
is how I felt last month. I'm feeling less burned out but am still struggling to cope with parent-related news and events that pop up during times I have allocated to writing/reading/studying.
I am in regular contact with parent throughout the day via phone calls. Interruptions include little and big emergencies. I do not like limiting answering calls -- I have done this and missed urgent news related to e.g. medical events that have to be dealt with then and there. When something happens, I then call to check if I can't go there myself. Sometimes the calls are about loneliness, and I have a hard time saying no to those too, because I know talking helps.
I am working on getting additional support so I don't feel it's all on me, but it just is for now, and it's hard to shake the additional feeling of responsibility.
How can I better triage and schedule these calls, and manage my own worry? Practical tips on scheduling, environment and useful mantras are welcome.
Basically: I need hacks to quickly
switch from more or less freaking out to being task-focused. Thanks.