How to Recharge as a Family Caregiver

You’re probably accustomed to feeling overwhelmed. Medication schedules, cooking meals and keeping track of your loved ones finances are just a few things you currently juggle every day. It’s important not to lose yourself in the process of taking care of someone else. So, here are a few tips to take a short amount of time every day to do something that recharges your batteries and gives you some relief. This can be something as simple as making a to-do list, gardening, taking a walk, calling a friend, or reading.

Take Time for Yourself

You already have plenty on your plate — it’s okay to say no sometimes. This could be declining an invitation to dinner on a stressful day, asking to reschedule a visit with family, or even making arrangements for alone time. Having some quiet time to yourself can reduce your stress leave you feeling rejuvenated.

Eat Healthy and Exercise

You don’t have to be a gym rat or a gourmet chef to improve your overall physical health. Having a balanced diet can be as simple as choosing more fruits and vegetables and limiting portion size. If you are able, take more walks, stretch daily, and drink more water. Your physical health is important to both you and your loved ones.

Stay Organized

Don’t get overwhelmed by all of the information you’re in charge of. There are many different planners, apps, and online tools that can help you keep on track of your to-do’s. Find what system works best for you and your loved one, keep copies of important documents and contact, and make sure other people know how to access important information.

Remember, You’re a Care Hero

You took on a new role, without any formal training, and you make a positive impact on your loved one’s life every day. Some days are harder than others. Some days are more fulfilling than others. But no matter what, you show up and give your loved one the best care possible. You are resilient, patient, and compassionate beyond belief. We are impressed by what you do every day, thank you.

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