The Caregiver Checklist for Staying Healthy
Taking care of an elderly loved one can be emotionally, physically, and mentally draining. But if you take care of yourself, your well-being won't suffer, which also means the quality of your caregiving won’t decrease. So here are some great tips from Kingdom Wellness Teas to help you stay healthy while caring for your senior loved one.
Keep Regular Sleep Hours
One of the most essential and beneficial things you can do for your health is to keep regular sleep hours. That means going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, even on weekends. You're less likely to get sick, have accidents, and feel frustrated when you get enough sleep.
Eat Breakfast Every Day
It's easy to forget to eat breakfast when caring for a loved one. But starting your day with a nutritious meal is crucial. It gives you the energy to care for your loved one and yourself. Making time to eat a healthy breakfast ensures better mental health.
Get a Regular Exercise
As a caregiver, you have a full plate of responsibilities. You may feel like you don't have time to take care of yourself, but it's critical to make time for exercise. Regular physical activity can help reduce stress, improve your mood, and give you more energy. Plus, it's good for your health. If you're limited on time, try going for a brisk walk during meals or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Another way to get exercise is through gardening, working with your hands in another way, or anything involving movement.
Refresh Your Home
If you spend most of the time at home caring for your loved one, ensure your space is as fresh and inviting as possible. House plants are an effortless way to do this and can help purify the air. In addition, try to organize and remove unneeded items from your home. You'll both feel better in a tidy environment.
Find Ways To Reduce Stress
One way to reduce stress is to find a new hobby, like line dancing. Line dancing is a fun way to get some exercise, meet new people, and enjoy music. Also, it's an easy way to bond with your senior loved one. So get on your dancing shoes and give dancing a try.
Another way to reduce stress is by enlisting a little help. For instance, hiring someone to take care of your lawn is a great way to reduce the number of things you have to remember – and worry about. Simply search for “lawn care services,” then carefully review their ratings and prices to make sure you’re getting the best available deal in your area.
Being a caregiver can be overwhelming, and sometimes you need someone to listen. That's why it's essential to find support, whether talking to a friend, family member, or mental health professional. During the pandemic, many people are turning to virtual care options. Online therapy is accessible, secure, confidential, and requires less time commitment than in-person therapy. By consulting with an online therapist, you can choose from a larger group of licensed professionals and save time and gas money on driving. Many therapists offer a free introductory session so you can get a feel for the type of professional you may want to work with before you pay.
Take Care of Yourself
Being a caregiver is demanding, but it's important to remember to take care of yourself. Make sure to exercise, eat well, and find ways to reduce stress.
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