While most caregivers are happy to be there to assist loved ones in times of need, taking such good care of someone else can often have negative effects on your own health. Make sure to take care of yourself by following our tips below.
If you?re in need of professional care for your loved one, Specialty Care Services can help. Our dedicated team of nurses and nursing assistants can provide the in-home care that your loved one needs.
Pre-plan your meals and snacks
While most caregivers know what healthy eating looks like, they just don?t have the time to cook healthy meals everyday. To remedy this, try cooking large batches of food at a time. Then, freeze smaller amounts in single portion containers that you can heat and serve during the week. This works especially well with hearty soups and stews.
For lighter fare, keep an assortment of healthy snacks on hand. Then you can have something nutritious that you can eat on the run, like almonds and raisins, carrot sticks, or peanut butter sandwiches.
Take time to relax
Always make time for meditation. Just 12 minutes a day can improve mental health.
In fact, in a study of caregivers, those who practiced a chanting meditation daily for eight weeks were 50% less depressed by the end of the study. Plus, meditating slows cellular aging ? a win-win!
While you?re at it, don?t forget to slow down. When you rush, you?re more prone to make mistakes like touching hot pots while cooking or slipping and falling in the bathtub.
And get more sleep. Just getting your needed amount of sleep each night can reduce anxiety by 60 percent. For a good night?s sleep, make sure your room is dark and turn off your TV and computer to minimize distractions.
You may be a caregiver, but don?t forget to take care of yourself. And for occasional or temporary care from one of our professional nurses or nursing assistants, call Specialty Care Services for a consultation today.