Self-Care for Caregivers

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-Make sleep a top priority. So many of our body’s faculties suffer when sleep-deprived, not to mention our patience, memory, and coordination, which are all vital when providing day-to-day assistance to others. Try to get full nights’ sleep consistently (as much as you can), and grab a power-nap if those help.

-Go easy on the caffeine. Tripling your coffee intake to conquer a long day might seem like a good idea, but your body and sleep cycle will ultimately take a hit.

-Limit the junk food. You’re a busy person and the drive-thru is such a quick and easy choice, but DON’T DO IT, at least not regularly. Empty calories chuck-full of sodium, sugar, and processed garbage will only make you feel even more sluggish…and probably bloated.

-Prepare meals in advance. Crock-pot dinners and those that are easy to freeze and reheat are lifesavers after a long day. Don’t forget to pack yourself healthy, energy-sustaining snacks to help you avoid the fast food pitfalls. Items like nuts, peanut butter on fruit, and veggies with hummus are healthy options.

-Get moving. It may seem counter-intuitive to go for a walk if you’re already tired, but exercise can help you get a natural jump-start on your day, or help you to wind down and de-stress at the end of it.

-Take some you-time. Whether you spend these moments going for a walk, reading, meditation, or surfing Pinterest for goofy cat photos, make sure whatever you’re doing is calming and pleasing to you. Set aside the needs of others, at least for a short while, to recharge your own batteries.

-Ask for help. Someone has to take care of the caregiver.  Accept offers of assistance, and don’t be afraid to assign tasks to other members of the family. Don’t do it all alone, if you don’t have to.

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