Being a live-in or Perth hourly caregiver for a senior can be very stressful. Throughout all of the challenges they face through the year, it’s important that they take time to care for themselves. Below are some effective steps caregivers can take to boost wellbeing in 2017.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Avoid the habit of grabbing the closest thing at hand when you are hungry. Make sure that you eat three balanced meals each day. Incorporate a variety of foods including fresh fruits and vegetables along with essential proteins and healthy fats.
Getting enough exercise can help you prevent injuries, especially if you concentrate on building your core strength. Additionally, make sure that you lift with your knees and not your back to avoid injury. Be careful not to twist when carrying a heavy load.
Learn Something New
Try to make everyday a learning experience. You can watch an educational show on television, read an informational book or magazine or look up information on the Internet. Do not worry about whether or not you will ever need the information that you are learning. Just enjoy the quest to learn something new.
A great way to avoid caregiver burnout is to do something creative each day. You can work on a craft, read a fun book or write something in a journal or diary. It does not matter as long as you are letting your creative side shine through.
Reconnect with Nature
Try to spend some time outside each day. When this is not feasible, feed the birds and watch them at a bird feeder or grow a plant indoors. Terrariums are easy to grow even for those people who don’t have a green thumb.
Spend time each day talking to someone close to you. Find a friend that you can discuss important things with, such as your worries, hopes and accomplishments. Try to spend a few minutes each day talking about national or international news, the weather or something outside your environment, as well. This will foster connections with these people and strengthen your support system.
Taking care of yourself may seem selfish, but the truth is that it’s necessary in order to provide the best care for your loved one. If you need to set aside time to yourself to accomplish this, turn to Home Care Assistance. We provide flexible live-in, hourly and respite home care Perth families can count on to help their loved ones age in place while they rest and recharge. Call [hca_phone] today to set up a complimentary consultation where you can learn more about our comprehensive programs.