If you don’t already have a plan that outlines how you’ll manage your self-care, you might want to rethink that decision. Having a solid plan for yourself gives you guidelines that you can follow to help you met your own goals for mental and physical health.
Determine What Lowers Stress for You
Everyone responds to stress differently and there are also different remedies that might work for you that don’t work for your friends or family. Take the time to make a list of the different activities you can engage in that decrease your stress levels. You might find that hobbies reduce your stress, but you’ve dropped your hobbies over the last few months. Knowing what works for you is the first step toward making sure you’re including those activities.
Listen to Your Body
Being a caregiver usually means that you’re hyper-vigilant about your senior’s health, but you may be ignoring your own. It’s time to start listening to what your body has to tell you. If you’re experiencing more headaches than usual, there’s probably a reason. Set up an appointment with your own doctor so you can get ahead of any potential health problems.
Remember to Take Breaks
If you’re not taking regular breaks, you’re likely increasing your own stress levels. You need to take at least a few minutes to yourself every day. Longer breaks, such as an afternoon or full day away from being a caregiver are also important. Figure out how to start including breaks in your day and your week and then make them mandatory for you.
Check Your Support System
Your support system is made up of people and groups that are there for you when you need extra help. They may offer you concrete help, such as taking over tasks for you, or they may simply offer moral support when you’re feeling frustrated and alone. Join a support group and reach out to people in your life when you need help.
If you write down your self-care plan, it’s easier for you to refer back to it. You need to review your own plan regularly so that you can make sure you’re doing the things you need to do in order to stay healthy.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN DALLAS, TX, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE TODAY. CALL (214) 272-2188.