The age old question is how to find time for yourself. It is difficult but important. Especially for a busy caregiver. Leisure time may seem an unobtainable option but you need to take care of your own needs so you can take care of another person. You will be a better caregiver if you find the time to relax, even for 15 minutes reading a book you enjoy or watching a TV program to wind down.
Here are some tips to help find time for self-care:
Do something away from home. Contact friends, family, or respite care to take some burden of responsibility occasionally so you can run personal errands, or have some time away from the home.
Maintain personal relationships. Being a caregiver is a lot of responsibility. Try to maintain friendships to keep a healthy mindset and positivity. Try to make a weekly meet up outside the home. If it’s difficult to remove yourself from the home, invite friends to visit for a meal or coffee.
Find activities that bring you enjoyment and make them a priority. Make time daily to work on an activity that brings you happiness. This can be reading a new book, gardening, or spending time on a favorite hobby. Find something you enjoy and make it a priority so you can take a break as needed.
Find time to laugh. Laughter is can cross emotion. You can laugh when you are happy or if you are sad. It is an excellent way to reduce stress and changes the brain chemistry to produce endorphins for a short time. Read a funny story, watch a comedy show, or call a friend who makes you laugh. Sometimes trying to find the humor in mundane events can help raise the spirit.
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- Set goals, expectations and know your limits.
- Understand the strength & limits of your patient.
- Stay organized & Maintain a Balanced Schedule.
- Engage in daily activities to promote health & wellness.
- Eat healthy, maintain mindfulness, & engage in good sleep habits.
- Find time for Self-Care.
- Take a daily inventory of your feelings, accept and release.
- Know your Community Resources.
- Find a Support Group.
- Ask for Help.
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