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Caregivers Need Care Too!

Five Ways to Ensure You are Taking Care of You While Caring for Another Individual

Becoming a caregiver for a loved one or for a member of your community is not always the easiest path to take regardless of one’s innate compassion and willingness to help those in need. Caregiving is a hard job that requires patience, love and stability. It is important that those who offer care take the time for their own mental and physical health. Here are 5 tips that all caregivers should remember in order to create lasting and healthy relationships with those you care for.

1. Take a Mental Health Day

It is impossible to give ALL of yourself to an individual in need of care. You must take breaks frequently and make sure you have time for yourself. Take a mental health day at least once a week – ask for assistance from another family member during this time or request this assistance from your home care agency. You will come back to the job refreshed and ready to give it your all.
 

2. Talk to Someone Outside of Your Caregiving Situation at Least Once Per Day

Discussing hobbies or future plans with an individual that is not the person you are caring for is crucial to your happiness. Stay connected with friends and family so you have people to lean on for support.

3. Eat Right!

Taking care of your daily nutrition requirements that includes healthy eating habits affects not only how you feel physically but can also have very positive results on your mood and outlook on life. Make sure you are making time to prepare yourself nutritious meals daily that nourish your body and warm your heart.

4. Keep a Journal

Recording your thoughts is a great way to work out any problems you are struggling with internally and gives you time to reflect on both the positives and negatives of any situation. Make sure you end each entry with something good that occurred that day no matter how many obstacles you may have had to overcome. This is training your brain to be resilient and to focus on more optimistic, solution based resolutions.

5. Get Your Rest!

Sleep! Sleep! Sleep! Make sure you have a bedtime routine that works for you and helps you have a good nights rest. If you work throughout the night you need to promise yourself that you will be in an environment that is dark, peaceful and easy to fall asleep in. Try your best to stick to a routine and schedule when it comes to sleep.

If you’re a Caregiver looking for a supporting agency to have your back, reach out today! America’s Home Health Services makes the onboarding or transfer process easy. We provide our staff with the resources needed to ensure the best care for our clients and support for our Caregivers.