Caregivers, It’s Time To Take Care Of You

It’s easy to get swept up in caring for your loved ones, especially during a global crisis. Canceled appointments, medication, health safety, and the unknown can take up a lot of your time and energy. But don’t forget to take care of you.

Pay Attention To Your Stress And Emotions

You want to be there for your loved one but ask yourself: How can you take care of them if you’re out of commission? Looking after your interests doesn’t mean you’re selfish. You’re investing in yourself, which means you can better care for others.

Recognize your warning signs: Don’t ignore the physical and emotional symptoms of exhaustion. Burning out is far worse than taking a step back for a while.

Don’t be a hypocrite: You’ve likely harped on your loved one about not taking their medication or listening to the doctor. Well, you can’t chastise someone about not caring for themselves if you aren’t doing the same, now can you?

Find your support circle: That means letting other people rotate responsibilities with you. Find communication outlets like siblings, friends, or support groups. Allow yourself to vent your fears and frustrations.

Enjoy yourself: Do the activities that you love while you step back. Read, catch up on a favorite show, try a new hobby, whatever reinvigorates your mind.

Make Your Physical Health A Priority

Physical and mental health are intricately connected. While you’re taking care of your mind, don’t forget to give your body a little TLC.

Eat well: Being a full-time caregiver may mean you’re always on the run. But, stopping by the drive-thru isn’t going to sustain you forever. Eat a balanced diet and create healthy grab-and-go meals. While you’re taking time off, plan your meals for the week to take out the time-consuming guesswork.

Work it out: Go for a run, walk the dog, take a leisurely bike ride, just get yourself up and moving. Finding the time and motivation can be tricky, so start small. Try 20 to 30 minutes of exercise three times a week. You’ll improve your energy and sleep and reduce depression.

Get some shut-eye: Lack of sleep can be dangerous and puts you at risk for negative thoughts and depression. Your body needs to recharge, so give yourself 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Avoiding your phone or tablet and getting a regular sleep schedule will keep your mind in tip-top shape.

Like you, Embassy Healthcare is committed to the health and well-being of our clients. Call 888-975-1379 or contact us online to learn about our services and communities.