Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Taking Care of Your Own Needs

Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Taking Care of Your Own Needs

Tuesday Tips for Caregivers - Taking Care of Your Own Needs

Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Taking Care of Your Own Needs

Caregivers: Remember to attend to your own needs as your caregiving role can quickly drain you.

Emotional Needs:

•Take time to relax, daily, even if it is for 15 minutes. Your body, mind, and soul need it.
•Talk with someone. Express your feelings, do not bottle them up.
•Keep a journal. Ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc. should all be documented daily.
•Feed your spirit. Meditate, pray, or any other greater activity to lift your spirits and be at your best.

Social Needs:

•Stay social. Keep time through out your week to meet with family, friends, co-workers, etc. It is important to keep your social activities going to reduce the risk of caregiver burn out.
•Do things you enjoy. Keep up with your hobbies! You deserve your “me time”.
•Give yourself a break and find a resource community. Look for local support groups, knitting classes, yoga classes, or other activities to meet with other caregivers.

Physical Needs:

•Exercise. Keep an exercise routine as it releases stress and boosts your energy.
•Eat right. When your body is well nourished, you have more power to get through day to day activities and chores of being a caregiver.
•Avoid alcohol and drugs. It can be an easy alternative to a hard day to lean on substance abuse. Try to steer clear to keep your mind and focus clear.
•Keep up with your own health care. Remember to practice healthy choices and keep up with routine doctors visits. Keep up with your own prescriptions and doctors orders as well. It is best to keep yourself healthy!