One of the biggest challenges you’re likely to face in your life involves becoming your senior family member’s caregiver. You want to be in the best shape you can be for that task, and these ideas can help you to do that.
Your daily routine can be good for you and keep you on target, or it can get stale and feel like it’s holding you back. If you’re feeling as if you’re stuck and not getting as much done as you need or want, you might want to revamp your routine. Look at what is no longer serving you as well and what changes you might want to make. Parts of your routine include the timing of certain activities, as well as adjusting things like what you’re eating and how active you are.
You’ve probably heard a lot about how what you eat matters, but it’s true. Eating plenty of protein, healthy fats, and fruits and vegetables that contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is really important. Talk to your doctor about your own health issues and how you need to adjust your way of eating in order to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible.
Exercising, if you’ve been cleared to do so, is another important way to help yourself to stay healthy and to be prepared for the demands of caregiving. Find movement styles that you enjoy and that you want to do. When you approach exercise from that perspective, it’s a lot easier to stick with it for the long run.
When you’re tired, you might find yourself relying on things like sugar or caffeine to give you that extra push that you need to get through a long day. What you really need is rest, both mentally and physically. That’s a lot easier to get as a caregiver when you have someone who can take over for you for a little while. Home care providers can ensure that you’re getting the respite time that you need in order to deal with your fatigue.
It’s important that your senior’s brain stays active and engaged, but it’s just as important that your brain is active, too. You likely get a pretty decent mental challenge from solving problems related to your senior’s care, but there’s more too it than that. Read things that challenge you. Engage in activities that stimulate your brain. It all pays off.
Being a caregiver involves more than just taking care of your senior. It also involves ensuring you’re able to keep being her caregiver.