One of the biggest questions that you might ask yourself as a caregiver is how you can go about taking care of yourself first like everyone tells you that you should do. This task requires that you first remember that you’re a person in your own right who happens to spend time taking care of people that you love.
Pay Attention to Your Own Health
If your own health is failing, you’re not going to be able to focus on your senior’s health as much as you would like to. Determine what you need in order to be healthy. Perhaps you’re in a situation in which changing your eating habits and exercising a little more often is all you need to do. Make sure you’re doing that.
Take up a Hobby
Caregiving has a way of taking over everything if you’re not careful. You need something else to focus on for a while that isn’t a career or caring for a different relative. What do you enjoy? If you’re not sure, do some experimenting to find the right hobby for you.
Maintain Social Connections
No one is an island, not even family caregivers. Take some time to reach out to friends and to family members you might not have talked to in a while. These social connections can help to refill your reservoir of human contact and help you to feel refreshed. It also doesn’t hurt to take the time to meet new people here and there.
Get Plenty of Rest
Getting enough sleep and plenty of rest in general helps you to be ready for anything. Caregiving takes a great deal of energy and you have to have that energy in reserve in order to expend it. Figure out what keeps you from sleeping well and do what you can to correct those issues.
Don’t Let Caregiving Consume Your Life
The bottom line is that you have to assess what you’re doing occasionally. If you’re back to allowing caregiving to be the only thing that you’re doing, it’s time to make some changes. Caregiving is only a portion of your life, not the entirety of your existence.
The key is making sure that someone else can take over for you while you’re taking care of yourself. Hiring elderly care providers is an excellent way to make sure that your senior is in good hands. They can handle anything that comes up so that you can take over again when you’re ready.
Excerpt: Plenty of caregivers hear that they should take care of themselves first, but it’s tough to know how to do that.
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