As a caregiver, you have undoubtedly one of the hardest jobs in the world. Your heart is overflowing with love for others and you are always putting your loved ones’ needs first. This week, we’re here to remind you that your health and well-being matters too. Self-care is essential and benefits not only yourself but the loved ones you are caring for as well.
Caregiving is an emotional roller coaster. Caring for your family member or patient brings love and commitment that can be an extremely rewarding personal experience. Unfortunately, with that reward comes exhaustion, worry, inadequate resources, and continuous care demands that can be enormously stressful. Caregivers are more likely to suffer chronic illness, depression, and many other health issues because of their ongoing commitment to others taking priority over their commitment to themselves. With this being said, your self-care should be your top priority because unfortunately, we cannot pour from an empty glass.
Below we have listed our top suggestions to help you prioritize self-care in your world of caring for others!
Prioritize activities you love.
When my life seems too busy to bear, my hobbies are always the first to drop off my calendar. Even though I know they bring the most joy and reduce the most stress. Can you relate? Do me a favor, keep your hobbies on your calendar. In fact, prioritize those dates. Go grab coffee with a friend, go on that hike, read that book on your list, and invest your time in things you love to do!
Get enough sleep.
It can be hard to turn off for the night after a long day of work caring for your loved one. But a good night’s rest is crucial for our well-being. Give your body the time it needs to recharge for tomorrow’s activates!
Eat a healthy diet and drink enough water.
I know that this tip is repetitive, but it truly does make a difference in how we feel each day. Drinking at least your body weight in ounces in water each day and eating a diet full of whole foods will transform how you feel and handle stress.
Get fresh air and listen to your favorite playlist.
It is scientifically proven that a little vitamin D and music lead a happier mood and a healthier mind. Even if it is with your elderly loved one, going on a walk with your favorite music playing in the background is likely to bring you both more joy this afternoon, especially as the weather continues getting better!
Take a self-care day.
That’s right- slice up the cucumbers, buy yourself a nice face mask, take a hot bath, binge watch a funny Netflix series or do whatever helps you relax. A self-care day will release your worries and allow you time to focus on what helps relieve the stresses in your day to day life.
We hope this blog post encourages you to prioritize YOU. Because your health matters to us and everyone around you. Thank you for being you, and having a heart big enough to pour out and care for others.