It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But, if you’re one of the millions of Americans who is providing care for a senior loved one, the approaching holidays may seem more like the most stressful time of the year. Carving out time for yourself may have been relegated to the very bottom of your to-do list, but the home care experts at North River Home Care would like to challenge you to rethink and reprioritize your self-care!
Taking care of yourself enables you to take better care of your loved ones. These five simple tips can help:
- Eat right
When you’re stressed out, you may tend to overeat. When you’re exhausted, it’s easy to resort to whatever is handy; quick snack foods, tea and toast, cheese doodles and soda. You need high quality food to perform well.
- Get regular exercise
Exercise is the original “feel good” tonic. It helps you sleep better and wake up refreshed and ready to face another arduous day. Regular exercise improves both your mental and physical wellbeing, keeping your mind alert and body fine-tuned and energetic.
- Get plenty of sleep
This may 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 a night to maintain good health. Catch up with catnaps if necessary or call North River Home Care for nighttime caregiving support.
- Take time out for yourself
Whether you’re caring for a parent, spouse, or other relative or friend, you need time for yourself. You need outside interests, other people, and a way to escape from the constant pressure of caregiving. It’s easy to let friendships lag when you have important things to do, but friends can get you through some tough times, just by being there. North River’s respite care services can help caregivers get the break they need during the holidays and throughout the year.
- Consider joining a support group
It’s common to feel isolated in your role as a caregiver. That’s why it’s important to talk to others, particularly other caregivers. They’ll know what you’re up against; they’ll understand where you’re coming from, and they might even have some great advice.
Need some time to take care of that holiday shopping list? Contact the dedicated caregivers at North River Home Care. We can provide the care and attention your loved one needs while giving you the time you need to get things done.