Take care of you, too.
Your physical and emotional wellness is a crucial part of your ability to provide care. So, taking care of yourself may be at the top of your list. Prioritizing your needs can help you stay healthier, as well as improve the quality of your care.
Daily tips for self-care:
Consider the list below. It identifies a number of things that caregivers can do for themselves on a daily basis. It may help you discover what you can do to help yourself.
- Talk about your experience with friends and family
- Get enough sleep
- Do something you like every day
- Eat a healthful, well-balanced diet
- Make and keep your own medical appointments
- Set aside meditative personal time
- Ask for and accept help
- Focus on what you are able to provide, not what you think is missing
- Set your own personal health goals
- Schedule time for your hobbies
A few additional considerations:
Focus on today.
Your role as caregiver requires you to keep the big picture in mind, but it may help to focus on what you can achieve in the here and now.
Don’t minimize the importance of what you’re doing.
Being emotionally supportive of your loved one is probably the most important thing you can do for them. You are giving something back, and you’re making a difference in someone else’s life.
Remind yourself every day that you are not alone.
Many caregivers have been down the road you are walking right now. This website lists some resources you can use to connect with their stories and support.
Don’t let stress take you by surprise.
It is not uncommon for some caregivers to observe that there is a relationship between their emotional state and that of the person they care for. Once again, there is nothing abnormal about this experience. Caregiving isn’t easy, but it can be vastly rewarding for both you and the person for whom you’ve chosen to provide support. The more you know, the more confident you may feel about your involvement in the process.
Of course, this is just a brief overview. There’s a lot to learn. Review your personal wellness techniques from time to time and connect with the available resources. They’re there to help improve your caregiving experience.