14 Ways Caregivers Can Care for Themselves
Being a caregiver to a loved one with disabilities or illness can take up all your time, emotion and focus. But, to be a better caregiver, you must take time to take care of yourself and replenish your body, mind and soul. Here are 14 ways to be a better Caregiver suggested by US News Health.
- Take a quick break: get a breather, quick change of pace and return
- Invite others in: schedule time to be social
- Carve out down time: read a book or watch a tv show
- Turn to friends: call on a trusted friend if you need a break
- Consider adult day care: it will not only benefit you but could benefit your loved one by offering stimulation and a change of pace.
- Squeeze in exercise: relieve some stress
- Revel in nature: even if its outside on your balcony for a few minutes
- Listen to music: shut off your mind for awhile
- Calm your mind: go get a massage, do yoga or practice meditation
- Resist isolation: Could lead to depression
- Join a festival: go out and have some fun! Find a local festival for family and friends of people with dementia.
- Find support: look up support groups for caregivers such as Family Caregiver Alliance
- Share your story: talk to someone you trust about what you are going through.
- GIVE YOURSELF CREDIT, you are doing great!
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