Acclaimed actress, beverage namesake, diplomat; the late Shirley Temple Black wore many hats during her life, before passing away earlier this week, at the age of 85. But perhaps the most important part played by the iconic child star was that of a ray of hope for a struggling country.
The Depression-era darling was lauded by President Franklin Roosevelt as helping an economically struggling America stay somewhat optimistic, saying "During this Depression, when the spirit of the people is lower than at any other time, it is a splendid thing that for just 15 cents an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles…As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be alright."
Desperately seek your Shirley
Stress and depression are two too-familiar companions for many family caregivers. One essential step in becoming a more effective caregiver is to find your personal "Shirley Temple"—that beacon of hope that endures, in spite of the chaos and challenges of caring for an elderly loved one.
Curling up with a good book, baking a beloved recipe, taking a walk and reveling in the beauty of nature—engaging in activities that reignite your faith in the positive aspects of life are crucial for your wellbeing and the wellbeing of your loved one.
If you don't have the time or respite resources to get away right now, perhaps the real-life Shirley Temple can still be of some help. Take a few minutes to watch these videos and you might just find your mood brightened (even if only a little bit) by the singular curly-cued cherub who helped keep America going during one of the country's darkest periods:
You deserve a break, but how can you avoid spending your respite time worrying about what’s happening at home? Ample planning will ensure your loved one’s needs are met and minimize your anxiety, allowing you to fully disconnect.
Caregiver burnout doesn't always happen all at once--it often sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Learning how to recognize and manage the signs of increasing stress can keep you from becoming overwhelmed.