It’s that time of year again: the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are here, but if you are one of the many people providing care for a senior loved one this year, the upcoming holiday season may feel more like the most stress-filled time of the year. Setting aside time for yourself may have dropped to the very end of your to-do list, but the aging care team at Happier Home Care would like to encourage you to think again and reprioritize caring for yourself with a few self-care tips for caregivers!
Self-care permits you to take better care of your senior family member. These five simple self-care tips for caregivers can help:
- Carve out time for yourself
Whether you’re caring for a spouse, parent, or friend, taking time for yourself is vital. You need outside interests, other people, and a means to take a break from the constant strain of caregiving. It’s easy to let friendships fall by the wayside when you have important work to do, but friends can help you through some difficult times, simply by being there. Happier Home Care’s elder care services can help caregivers get the break they need during the holiday season and all through the year.
- Maintain a healthy diet
Stress can make it easy to overindulge, especially during the holidays. When you’re fatigued, it’s easy to resort to whatever is handy: quick snack foods, toast and tea, chips and a soft drink. Your body needs high quality food to perform optimally.
- Get plenty of sleep
This could be easier said than done, especially if you’re caring for someone who tends to wander at night. Still, most people need six to eight hours of sleep each night to maintain good health. Catch up with catnaps if necessary or call Happier Home Care for nighttime care support.
- Stay active
Nothing ups your energy like getting your heart pumping. It helps you sleep better and wake up rejuvenated and ready to face another strenuous day. Regular exercise increases both your mental and physical wellness, keeping your mind alert and body fine-tuned and energetic.
- Consider joining a support group
It’s very common to feel isolated in your role as a caregiver. This is why it’s important to talk to others, particularly other caregivers. They’ll understand what you’re up against; they’ll comprehend where you’re coming from, and they may even have some great advice.
Need some extra time to take care of your holiday shopping list? Contact the skilled care providers at Happier Home Care to hear more about our elder care in Glendale and the nearby areas. We can provide the attention and care your family member needs while providing you with the time you need to accomplish your to-dos and take a little time for yourself.