If you’re a caregiver, you may have little time left to care for yourself. But caring for yourself is important. When you are a mother or father, children and grandparents rely on your help and assistance; your life and your health can’t be overlooked. Your family is counting on you to be mentally and physically well.
Be your best with these tips:
Balance your time.
As a caregiver, your time is precious. Create a schedule and share it. A good balance includes time with your family and time for yourself. Try to stay well-balanced and consistent and don’t let caregiving take over. If having dinner as a family is a priority, make sure it happens.
Even though you’re caring for a loved one, don’t forget to enjoy the things you like to do. Spend some time reading a book, gardening, enjoying the outdoors or playing a family game. When you’re stressed, your body can react in a negative way. Keep your stress levels at bay with healthy activities that put a smile on your face.
Unfortunately, the first thing many caregivers cut from their schedule is exercise. The benefits of regular exercise, even for just 30 minutes a day, make a positivel impact on all aspects of your life — mental health, physical health, emotional health, life span and stress levels. Incorporate physical activity into your day and see the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.
Build a support network.
You’re not alone in caregiving. There are many resources for caregivers and your family. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your relatives and friends can be a great resource for support. Talk about issues when they arise and know that you can rely on people you trust. A quick search or discussion with your doctor can help you find the right resources to help you live a balanced life.