November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor family caregivers throughout the country. Although caregiving can be extremely rewarding, it often can be quite challenging and overwhelming.
Taking proper care of yourself can in-turn lead to providing better care for your loved one. Below are a few ways to keep up with your self-health:
- Life balance – Take time for yourself! Continue to participate in the activities and hobbies that you enjoy. You’ll be surprised at how regular activities like grabbing lunch with your friends or reading a book outside can leave you feeling refreshed.
- Adequate exercise – Physical exercise reduces stress levels and boosts energy. Joining a local gym or even just a 30-minute walk around your neighborhood can lift your spirits, recharge your internal batteries and keep you fit!
- Proper nutrition – Nutrition is key! Try to eat a balanced diet that includes lean meats, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Proper nutrition can aid in boosting your energy, improving your immune system and helping your body better cope with stress.
- Enough sleep – Seven is the magic number! Getting at least seven hours of uninterrupted sleep at night will help increase your energy level, thus making you more productive throughout the day.
- Search for support – Fortunately there are numerous support programs for family caregivers. The National Family Caregiver Support Program provides individual counseling and training. Sometimes knowing that you are not alone can be all you need!
As a caregiver, use this month to pay close attention to your physical and mental wellness. If you discover you need a break, Relative Care offers Respite Care services, which gives you the gift of time to rest and recharge.