As a caregiver you worry a lot about your senior’s quality of life. But what about your own? It might be easier than you think to give yourself a big boost in your quality of life.
Ask for Help When You Need It
It’s difficult to ask for help, but it’s a necessary skill. When you need a little more help or a lot more help, learn how to ask for what you need. You might not always get exactly the type of help that you need, but what’s important is that you reach out. As you become more experienced as a caregiver, you’re going to get better at finding the right assistance.
Give Yourself Time Out
You can’t keep going constantly and not take any breaks. And yet, you’re probably expecting just that of yourself as a caregiver. You wouldn’t want anyone else to go through that, so don’t do it to yourself. Do what you can to take the time that you need to recharge yourself and to get yourself back to full strength.
Touch Base with Yourself
Sometimes, though, you might genuinely not know what you need at any given moment. What you need to start doing is checking in with yourself a little more regularly. Ask yourself what you need and what you’re missing. At first, it’s going to be difficult to answer those questions. But as you learn to trust yourself, you’re going to find that it’s a lot easier to get an answer and to do what you need for yourself.
Move, Move, Move
Exercising even just a little helps your brain and your body to release chemicals that it needs to improve mood and to generally feel better. Finding the time to work out might feel impossible at first, so don’t. Instead, look for ways to incorporate just a little more movement into your day, every single day. Gradually you’ll be moving more and more.
When you allow yourself to be creative and to make something, you start to fire up different parts of your brain. They won’t be the same parts of your brain that solve problems all the time or that plan your route to work. They’re the parts of your brain that enjoy playing and being creative and they need time to do their thing, too.
Giving yourself a better quality of life doesn’t have to be as difficult as it sounds. Try a few little steps each day and stick with what works for you.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE IS CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN BUCKEYE, AZ, CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY (623) 748-3301.