Every November we salute the dedication of caregivers with National Family Caregivers Month. This year’s theme is “Take Care to Give Care,” reminding us of the daily commitment of each caregiver. Choice Health Management offers these tips to ensure you can give the best care possible.
- Take Time for Yourself
Caregivers need care too. Maintaining a balance in your life is essential to effective care for your loved one, as well as your own mental well-being. Make time to relax using practices such as mediation and journaling. Exercise and proper nutrition can also give you an added boost to your energy. Remember, caregiving isn’t a one-person operation. Sometimes you can use help too! Having a strong support team that helps care for your loved one can provide you with the much needed break you deserve.
- Recognize Stress
Trying to do too much can be damaging to both you and your loved one. Stress is not only emotionally harming but it can also cause sleep-deprivation and forgetfulness. Recognize your warning signs early and don’t wait until you become overwhelmed. By developing a new hobby such as gardening or yoga, you can take action to help regain your sense of control and calm.
- Enjoy your time together.
Caring for your loved ones is a dedicated commitment. Too often, the wear of day-to-day life can rob the enjoyment of the experience. Take time to re-connect with simple activities. If they had a game they enjoyed in the past such as jacks or marbles, start a weekly tournament for fun. Relax in the evenings by watching an old movie. Doing so not only allows you time to catch your breath, but gives you the chance to appreciate each other’s company.
Choice Health Management recognizes the demand on caregivers every day. If you need additional assistance for your loved ones, contact our team to learn more about the ways we can help.