Being a caregiver is a noble position that requires a kind heart. However, it often leaves little time to think about or care for yourself. If you spend the majority of your time taking care of a senior loved one, consider these six ways (presented by Cadbury Commons) you can show yourself some love.
- Get Outside Help When You Need It
Caregiving is a full-time job, but you don’t have to take on every task yourself. If you feel overwhelmed, look for tasks you can delegate to someone else, either a family member or a professional. For example, hire someone to take care of landscaping. That’s a tedious task you can take off of your checklist. Get quotes and talk about your lawn needs before you meet with someone and read as many reviews as you can. You can even find companies that offer discounts and credits to help you save money.
- Make Time for Exercise
Exercise is a great way to relieve stress, boost your mood, and feel better overall. Research shows exercise is a natural way to treat anxiety and depression. You don’t have to include an extensive workout or join a gym. You can get your heart rate up with some normal, everyday moving activities. For example, take the stairs when you have the opportunity or go for a walk during lunch on a beautiful day. Join a morning yoga class or get your family to join in for a fitness challenge. You can make exercise fun.
- Spend Time with Your Friends
Nurturing personal relationships that contribute positively to your life is an excellent form of self-care. If you haven’t seen your friend in a while, call them up and make plans. You can suggest a weekly dinner where everyone can catch up and spend time together. The same is true for your family. Schedule a date night with your spouse or have a family game night. Quality time with loved ones is good for overall wellbeing.
- Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet is a significant part of general wellness. If you’re supplying your body with a well-balanced meal, three times a day, you’ll have more energy and mental clarity. If you’re not sure what adjustments you need to make, start with something simple, such as making sure you meet all the major food groups with each meal.
- Go on an Overnight Trip
Sometimes getting away on a short trip is a great way to reset. It can be as simple as scheduling a night in a nearby hotel to order room service and watch your favorite shows. A new environment where someone serves you gives you the chance to relax and feel pampered. If you’re worried about cost, check Groupon for great deals.
- Start a New Hobby
Taking on a new hobby can be very fulfilling and a great way to turn off your mind for a moment. What is something you’ve always wanted to try but never did? Now is the time to try it. It can be as simple as knitting or as adventurous as skydiving.
Remember to be kind to yourself as you care for someone else. You will have good days and bad days, but you’ll be thankful you spent them with someone you love. As long as you make time to nurture your mental health, you’ll be able to appreciate each day.
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Written by Harry Cline