Care for the Caregiver

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 11, 2017

Care for the Caregiver

Being a caregiver can be rewarding and fulfilling, but even when caring for another is done out of love and selflessness, we know it’s easy to grow tired and need support. That’s why, if you’re a caregiver, it’s important to remember to take care of your own health and wellbeing. We’ve compiled a few ideas to help you do just that: 

Give Yourself a Break 

  1. Reserve a certain amount of time each day or week to have to yourself. Do something that brings you joy, like gardening reading a book you love. Setting aside this time (even if it’s just a few minutes) will keep you energized and prevent burnout.
  2. Remember to treat yourself to a little pampering. Go get your nails or hair done, or maybe even a massage! Taking time for yourself can be rejuvenating and will help you relax after a full day's work.
  3. Make sure to visit with friends frequently. They can bring you laughter that will brighten your day. Friends can also provide support, comfort, and encouragement when you feel overwhelmed or stressed. 

Ask Others for Help

  1. Delegate responsibilities. Oftentimes, caregivers will feel a sense of guilt when relinquishing some of their responsibilities; while this is common, it’s important to remember you cannot—and should not—do everything on your own. Ask friends or family members to lighten the load of tasks for you; you’ll probably be surprised by how many people have a heart to help! 
  2. Be willing to accept help. Sometimes as a caregiver, you may become stuck in your own routines. Focus on flexibility in your schedule and accept new ways of accomplishing your day-to-day tasks with help.
  3. Engage in support groups. You are not alone! Speaking with others in similar situations will not only provide encouragement, but also give you new ideas on how to be a better caregiver. 

Care for Yourself

  1. Remember to attend your regular doctor visits. While attending the health concerns of your loved ones, take care not to neglect your health. Have one or two people in mind that are willing and able to assist your loved one in the case that you were to require regular or emergency medical treatment.
  2. Provide your body proper nourishment and exercise. Whether you’re on the go or at home don’t forget to eat healthy foods and work out to keep your body strong and energized. Keep snacks and water handy! 
  3. Make sure to get proper amounts of sleep. This is crucial for your health. Sleep deprivation can lower your immune system and cause stress levels to rise, amongst many other unhealthy reactions.

Do you have any other activities that help you rejuvenate as a caregiver? Share them with us in the comments!


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