We know that being a caregiver is a hard job. Whether you are a caregiver to a friend, patient or family member, it’s not always an easy task. This note is to remind you that being a caregiver is an important job, but you can’t forget about taking care of yourself also.
It takes courage and dedication to be an effective caregiver. We know that as a responsible caregiver you will see good days, bad days, guilt and frustration. There are also many rewarding days in a caregiver’s life. Our heart goes out to you!
Remembering to take time for you is crucial. Here are a few things that you can do to re-energize yourself:
- Take a day off and pamper yourself. You might consider getting a manicure, pedicure or massage. Sit back, relax and enjoy someone taking care of you for a while.
- Ask for help. Being a caregiver can be a difficult job. When you need to reach out and ask for assistance, don’t be afraid to do so. Take a day off once and again. Don’t overdue it.
- Remember why you love being a caregiver. Sometimes it’s a great idea to reflect on the reasons why you are a caregiver. Think about how much you are helping this person. It really is an incredible job!
- Don’t turn down good help! If someone offers to help and you truly need it, take them up on the offer. Don’t be shy about accepting. People feel really good about helping others. Pay attention to your own cues and understand when you need a break.
- Keep healthy personal habits. Working on your own health and well-being is an important part of life. Sometimes when you work hard taking care of other people you forget about yourself. Working out sends endorphins to the brain and makes you feel great. Sometimes all you need is to feel better about your own habits and behaviors.
- Consider joining a support group. There are many generous caregivers in this world. You might find that talking with someone who does the same thing you do is very beneficial. Their knowledge might also be invaluable. No two caregivers are exactly alike. Bounce ideas off of one another for an even better caregiving experience.
We want you to know that here at Dial Retirement Communities, we are here to help. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s what we do!
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