Whether you’ve been a caregiver for weeks, months or years, it can be extremely easy to fall into a routine of taking care of only your loved one’s needs and not your own. However, our Qualicare team wants to remind you that you can’t best care for others unless you first care for yourself—and our team is here to help!
When you’re working, there are legal requirements that you be given breaks after a certain amount of time “on the clock.” However, when you’re a full-time caregiver, there really are no breaks.
It’s all too easy to fall into the trap where you make your needs less of a priority than everyone and everything else. For 2018, though, why not set a resolution to devote more time to you?
Get the Break You Need: Our Senior Care Providers Are on the Job
When you hire the Qualicare team to provide in-home care for your aging loved one, some of the burden of caregiving is taken off your shoulders. That leaves at least a little more time for you to devote to taking care of yourself.
Let’s take a look at a few key ways you can do that.
First, get some exercise. Most guidelines call for getting at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week for your health. But the benefits of exercise go well beyond improving your physical health. Being active regularly can help keep you mentally and emotionally healthy, too. Choose an activity that you enjoy and schedule time for yourself to do it each week.
Second, head to the doctor. When was the last time you received an annual wellness check? While medical appointments aren’t the fun side of self-care, they are no less important. You can’t take care of your loved one if your health isn’t up to it. Therefore, you need to make sure you’re getting the checkups and age-appropriate tests that your doctor recommends.
Finally, you need to make sure you are getting a good night’s sleep each and every night. If your loved one is keeping you up all hours of the night, then give us a call to learn about how overnight nurse care can help get both you and your loved one the care you need.
Are you having trouble caring for both your loved one’s needs and your own? Visit the Qualicare website today to learn about how our 360-degree approach to senior care can help!