A little more than a week left until we welcome another season. This March 20 marks the beginning of spring – a season of blossoming flowers and nature coming back to life. The Spring (Vernal) Equinox, also called the March Equinox, is the time when days and nights are supposed to equal in length.
Spring is also a season signifying rebirth, renewal and transformations. Therefore, it is the perfect time and opportunity to focus on yourself and explore ways to improve your own self-care especially when you are taking care of an aging loved one.
Being a caregiver can be really fulfilling and rewarding especially if we are taking care of someone close to us. But it can also be overwhelming to the point that we are likely to compromise our own selves. With these, we should remember that it is also important to be kind to our bodies and nurture ourselves for it is our investment in providing care for our seniors. Now, the question is: how do you take care of yourself while taking care of a loved one?
Here are some tips how:
- Get enough sleep
Oftentimes do we forget that sleep is also important to us because we focus too much on caring for our loved one. Make sure to sleep for at least seven hours. Having a good sleep plays an important role in our functioning throughout the day. But if you have trouble sleeping, maybe this next tip will do wonders for you.
Stay active and spare some minutes to do simple exercises. Physical exercise can help you stay active and alert throughout the day. Exercising also aids you to have a good sleep and restores flexibility and endurance to do your task efficiently. Furthermore, exercising releases endorphins, a neurotransmitter which reduces pain, increases your energy and generates a positive feeling in the body.
Tip: A simple exercise to start with is to take a walk around the neighbourhood with your senior loved one. It will do good physically, mentally and emotionally for the both of you.
Most people, whether they are caring for someone or not, miss the importance of drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Staying hydrated is one of the easiest and most important ways to stay healthy. Furthermore, keeping hydrated aids in maintaining your body weight and provides the right amount of oxygen to your blood which improves your daily performance.
- Have a balanced diet
A balanced diet provides us with nutrition which is needed for our body to function properly. It helps the body fight infections and controls weight to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart problems, hypertension and cancer. You can start it simply by combining the right amount of fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals that are essential to the body to work efficiently and effectively.
- One task at a time
Although it is encouraging to do, multitasking actually makes you less productive. Stress levels increase when you do your work all at the same time. Thus, it is suggested to manage your time wisely by prioritizing your works and doing it one at a time. Eventually, you will get better at managing your time and helps you in sustaining your focus on the complex tasks at hand.
- Recognize your Limits
Know when enough is enough. Don’t overwork yourself because the stresses that are piling up will eventually take a toll on your body. Take a time out once in a while to regain your composure and come back with a healthier you. Seek out caregivers that would assist you in taking care of your loved one to lessen the burden and stresses you have.
Always remember that you are not alone and support is available when you ask for it. Here at Supreme Touch Home Health Services Corp., a trusted and highly accredited home health care in Columbus Ohio, we help you in taking care of your loved one by providing quality health care in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Visit us now at www.supremetouchcare.comto know more about our services. You may also contact us at 614-488-2266 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.