Energize Your Life: Finding Energy as a Caregiver
If you are a family caregiver, then you probably understand just how tiring the role can be. You are constantly in “go mode”: you are making phone calls, responding to emergencies, travelling from place to place, and on top of all that, you may have your own personal and professional life to manage, as well. How on earth can you find the energy for all of these responsibilities? There are ways. In today’s blog, we would like to share healthy methods that will help preserve and provide energy.
Follow these tips:
(1) Sleep: Getting a good seven to eight hours of sleep can go a long way in ensuring that you are energized throughout the day. Sleep is essential to keeping mental, physical, and emotional health in check. If you get at least seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep a night, you will surely be able to stay more focused and energetic throughout the day. To help you sleep soundly, avoid phones and TVs at night because these devices usually emit “blue light” which impacts your body’s melatonin production, a hormone necessary for sleep. Also, try to establish a regular bedtime routine by taking fifteen to thirty minutes of relaxation time before you go to sleep. This will help your body maintain consistent sleep schedule.
(2) Exercise: Even though you have to expend energy exercising, doing physical activity can help your body be more energetic throughout the days. What’s more? Exercise also helps you regulate your sleep patterns, helping you sleep more soundly at night. Introduce exercise slowly into your schedule by starting out with light activities, like walking. And, if you wish, add more to your routine over time like jogging, weightlifting, swimming, or yoga.
(3) Make time for things you love: Sometimes humans get tired of routine and monotony. Make time throughout the day to do things that you like, whether it’s reading, watching a show, talking to a friend, or cooking. But, try not to nap during the day, even if you enjoy this activity (!), because it can disturb your normal sleeping schedule.
(4) Eat well: Food is fuel for the body. If you put in low quality foods into your body, you will get low quality results. Try to eat good, healthy portions of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and proteins throughout the day. Every once in a while, you can splurge and eat your favorite junk food. But, a healthy diet will do wonders for your energy levels.
(5) Control caffeine intake: Yes, caffeine helps wake you up and it can get your day started or serve as a “pick me up” after lunch—but be sure to avoid caffeine late at night. Because caffeine is a stimulant, it will keep you awake and disturb your sleep. The moment you start getting irregular sleep, your body’s natural sleeping schedule is disturbed, and it can be difficult for you to re-regulate your sleeping habits.
Finding energy is as easy as making some healthy habit changes in your life. If you have any other questions, please call ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website.