There is never a better time to start caring for yourself in a healthy way than this very moment. You can start to take proactive steps towards a healthier balance between caring for family members and yourself. It is so very easy to let your needs slide as a caregiver and here at Champion Home Health Care we have seen just how drained so many familial caregivers can become. We know that between your own work and home life duties and caring for a senior in Melbourne, FL you are taxed beyond belief. We have covered how to care for someone who is giving so selflessly to another and today we would like to help you, the caregiver, by providing some tips to manage your own stress and, hopefully, allow you to take better care of yourself. Think about it; if your cup is not full how can you expect to give fully to those around you?
Eat Well and Exercise
This is good advice for everyone, especially those who aid others. A well-balanced diet will fuel you for the massive task of caring for the needs of someone else. When you feel your best, you can continue to pour yourself into others.
Take Time Off
We know that caregiving is a full-time job. “Taking time off” is something that so many caregivers feel guilty over but scheduling respite care at regular intervals can do so much to boost your health and well-being. Ask a trusted family member or friend to cover you for a few hours. Or, bring in professional home health care services like those we provide at Champion Home Health Care. Bottom line: take time for yourself, rest when you need to, and allow others to help you.
Find a Support Network
Several organizations exist for the sole purpose of uplifting caregivers. Find a network of others who are in the same situation as you can express how you are feeling. Let your shared experiences bring you comfort in knowing that you are not alone in this situation. Human connection is powerful for caregivers as so many of you feel alone.
Stay on Top of Things
Organization is one of the essential tools of caregiving. Be sure that you keep records and have a dedicated system of organization that allows you to keep up to date with appointments, medications, files, and other medical information for the person you are caring for. Find a system that works for you and stay dedicated to keeping things arranged in a way that fits into your life.
What you are doing is hard. You are acting as a manager, facilitator, medical advisor, and loving family member all at once. Please do not minimize the role you are playing.