Caregivers all agree: Focusing on yourself when you’re caring for a loved one is difficult at best. But caring for yourself and doing what’s needed to stay happy and healthy are important to your success as a caregiver and in avoiding caregiver burnout.
Here are some tips to make sure you’re the best you can be, despite the emotional and physical challenges of caregiving:
- Take time to do small things that bring simple pleasures: Take a walk, listen to music, engage in a hobby or bake a favorite dessert — anything that makes you happy.
- Pamper yourself with a massage, pedicure, yoga class – whatever makes you feel relaxed and renewed.
- Take care of your body: Eat a well-balanced diet and be sure to get enough sleep. Take naps when you need to. Exercise as much as possible – but realize that even a short, brisk walk is helpful to your mind and body.
- Don’t lose your sense of humor. Call a friend who makes you laugh, read a feel-good book or rent a light-hearted movie. Continue reading