It's easy to get wrapped up in the care of your loved one. There are some simple things that you could do on a daily or weekly basis to lessen the stress and pressure you may feel over caring for your loved one.
First, find some time to take care of yourself. Setting aside a few minutes of personal time each day can help you become more relaxed and rested. Some activities that you can do during your personal time include going for a walk, practicing yoga, or reading an interesting novel. When you do this, you can call this respite care for yourself and you can call on the services of a professional caregiver, like ours at Home by Choice, to take care of your loved one.
Second, use a planner or lists to manage the caregiving activities that you are involved in each week. This will allow you to stay organized. Writing down the activities that you have to do each week will allow you to stay on track without feeling overwhelmed just thinking about what you have to do. Cross off things on your list as you go. This will give you a sense of accomplishment as you go through the week.
Routines are a great way to ensure that you accomplish everything that you set out to accomplish in a day and even a week. Start your day the same way with a balanced breakfast and try to maintain a schedule throughout your days of caregiving. This will benefit you as well as the loved one you are caring for.
Sleep is often overlooked though it is one of the most important ways our bodies recover. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, somewhere between six and eight hours a night. Sleep will help you preform better and stay more alert.
Remember that you are not in this alone. There are plenty of people that are there to assist you in caregiving. Make it a family effort and reach out to other sources when needed. Following the tips above can allow you to rest, recharge and thrive as a caregiver.