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Taking Care of Yourself as a Caregiver

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It is so easy for a caregiver to get so caught up in taking care of others that self-care falls through the cracks. The truth is that when someone is not taking good care of themselves, it becomes difficult to take care of others. A stressed caregiver is not much of a help to anyone. As a caregiver, it is important that you take at least a few hours out of the week to make sure that you get the care you need. You want to do your best so that both you and your loved ones are well taken care of.

Remember what you enjoy doing. Take at least a little bit of time to do what you like to do. Even if it is as simple as watching television or as elaborate as travelling, make sure to set a little bit of time aside to do that. You will feel more refreshed and fulfilled if you do not feel as if your caretaking duties leave no time for what you love.

Socialize outside of your caretaking duties. Having conversations with your friends and family that are not about the person you care for can be a good recharge for you. Get caught up with people who you do not talk with much anymore, and nurture those relationships that are important to you. You will find yourself less impatient with the one you care for, and you will be able to give your mind a break from your duties. This one is a win-win.

Let someone else care for you for a change. Receiving a nice shoulder rub from a partner or going to get a pedicure can be extremely satisfying when you spend all day being the one taking care of others. You deserve a little attention as well. Make some time to see that your needs are being taken care of. If you get sore muscles because of your duties or if you cannot stand how unkempt your hair has gotten, get it fixed. When you feel as if you are cared for, it is much easier to care for others.

Clear your mind. It is always important to give your mind a break from all your worries. Find a way to rest your brain for a little bit. Yoga, meditation, or even just zoning out to the television, whatever way that you find works for you, be sure to do it on a regular basis. Too much worry can take a toll on our bodies and emotional health, so it is important to minimize that when we can.

Get enough exercise. Getting exercise can help you sleep better at night, keep you from gaining unwanted weight, and make you feel better overall. Try to find any way to squeeze a little exercise into your busy schedule. It is even better if you manage to find a type of exercise that you enjoy doing or find to be relaxing.

Eat well. We all know that even though it is quick and easy to run through the drive-through to get food, that kind of food is not typically what will make you feel good. Too much of any type of food that is too greasy, too high-calorie, or has too much fat, will drag your body down. Everything should be done in moderation, so make sure you eat some food that’s good for you whenever you get the chance. The extra energy and the healthy feeling should make it easier for you to get through the day.

Connect with other caregivers. Part of taking care of yourself also includes making sure that you feel related to. If you do not have anyone around you who can understand what it is like to be a caregiver, try to find a new friend or two who do understand. It can feel so freeing to have someone who sympathizes with the challenges of what you do. They might also have some tips to share with you to make your life easier.

Get all the help you can. Often, one person is not capable of doing everything. If you are able to get family members to chip in, that is great. This is where caregivers from a home care agency can also help out. They come to take over some of the responsibilities when you cannot do it all. If you have a job, a family that also needs to be cared for, or both, caregivers from an agency can be a huge help to you to take some of the burden off.

Your job of caring for a loved one is so important and very rewarding in itself, but you cannot forget to make sure that you take care of yourself along the way. It probably will not be possible keep up with all of these all the time, but you will certainly benefit if you try to do at least some of them consistently. Find out what works best for you.

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