THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-CARE FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS

“Self-care is an important and crucial part of the process of providing healthcare that helps not only you but also the person you care for. You can’t pour from an empty cup, after all.”

Being a caregiver for an adored parent or adult can be a massive job, leaving little opportunity for anything else, such as your own self-care. However, self-care is vital and rewards not only you, but also the loved one you care for.

Although you have assumed the role of caregiver, it is very essential to take care of yourself. If you get sick or tired, who’s going to take care of you? Caregivers are so busy worrying for others that they tend to place their own necessities on the downside. Caregivers’ stress can affect your health, leading to anxiety, depressive symptoms, and even physical health problems. Luckily, there are ways you can take care of yourself. Here’s a self-care guide for the family caregiver.

5 TIPS FOR SELFCARE FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS

Reduce Stress

It is very stressful to be a caregiver. Enduring this stress over a long period of time can lead to burn-out. In addition to your family responsibilities, do the activities that you enjoy to help you overcome your stress. So, at first, take a bath, read books, watch movies, or do other favorite stress-reduction tasks.

Exercising

Taking the time to exercise will not only help relieve pressure physically, but it can also improve your overall state. Exercise can foster a better night’s sleep, too. Specialists advise a total of two and a half hours or more of activity each week. Don’t you know how to fit in? Take a 10 to 15-minute walk a few times a day. Even this can make things better.

Have enough sleep

Poor sleep can damage your mental health and cause a ripple effect of negative feelings and thoughts. Your body needs seven to eight hours of restorative sleep every night for better health. Try implementing a stable and regular sleep schedule to get your body into a relaxing sleep, including restricting mobile devices or tablets two hours before bed, sleeping in a cool, dark room, and wearing nice pajamas.

Set objectives

Note down exactly what you need to do what you’d like to do. Seeing this in writing can make it much easier to accomplish things. A goal might be something like, “I want to look healthier.” Determine what action you are going to take to achieve that goal.

For example, walking for 10 minutes every night, or taking time to have complete physical fitness, can enable you to work towards your goal.

Communicate 

If you’re not expressing what you need or how you feel, people can’t help you. Communicate clearly and productively so that you can be helped and supported by others. Be straightforward and don’t make others think about what you need. Ask for your help when you really need it. Even if you just need a colleague to vent openly.

You can also relieve stress by knowing how to interact better with the loved one you care about. Always make an effort to listen effectively. Things are going much smoother when two people learn the art of communication.

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