As a good caregiver, you not only need to take care of others, but also yourself so that you are in sound physical and mental health and can provide the best possible care. Here are a few habits from the happy caregivers at Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque you might consider incorporating into your own routine.
Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
Make sure you are eating right, exercising, and getting plenty of rest. Your nutrition and physical health are just as important as your loved one’s, perhaps even more so since they rely on you to help maintain their own health and wellness. And don’t forget to manage your own medical appointments, since this can often be the first thing that caregivers neglect in their own lives.
Those you care for are not the only ones who require assistance. You will sometimes need someone else to lean on. Find another family member or friend who is willing to empathize with your situation so that you can vent any frustrations you may have. If no one close to you is available, consider seeing a counselor or a support group.
Taking Time Off
Although there are days when time for yourself just isn’t going to happen, try your best to squeeze in some moments throughout the week. You have a life and goals you would like to achieve as well, so see if a family member or friend will occasionally help you with your loved one. You might also consider Albuquerque respite care services for additional help on a regular basis. Even a small break will make for a huge difference in your own mental, emotional, and even physical health.
Though this may not seem effective on the surface, activities such as meditation, yoga, and even deep breathing can keep you focused and positive. This will allow you to relax and revitalize yourself so that you can continue to offer a high quality of care.
Caregivers often neglect their own health, which only results in a lack of proper care for all parties involved. If you are currently the primary care provider for a senior loved one and could use assistance meeting his or her care needs or time for yourself, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We provide hourly and live-in care, as well as Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s care in Albuquerque for seniors with advanced conditions. To find out more about our services, please call 505-798-0800 and speak with a friendly Care Manager.