How to Prioritize Self-care as a Caregiver

Elder Care Centennial, NV: Prioritize Self-care

When did you last make sure you were getting everything you needed in order to be a whole person? If you’re like most caregivers, you might not have done that in a while. The thing is, if you’re not prioritizing your own self-care, that’s going to come back to bite you later.

 
Use Your Schedule in Your Favor

Elder Care Centennial, NV: Prioritize Self-care

Elder Care Centennial, NV: Prioritize Self-care

Your schedule likely rules your life as a caregiver. You know when you’re supposed to do every little thing and when you have time for even the most mundane tasks. So, shift your schedule just a little bit to ensure that you’ve got plenty of time for you. Put appointments with yourself in your calendar first and then work everything else in around those appointments. It will feel strange at first but do it.

 
Try All the “Right” Things
When you first think about self-care, you might think about things like manicures or massages. Those are self-care. But self-care is about other basic things, too, like getting enough sleep and eating healthy meals. Those are all the things you know you “should” be doing. They’re the “right” things to do to take care of yourself. So, make a list of some of those things that you know you need to be doing and those are the tasks you need to be scheduling for yourself.

 
Give Yourself Space to Be Imperfect
You’re not going to do this perfectly and that’s okay. Caregivers often hold themselves to impossible standards and that’s just not going to be possible every day or in every situation. You are going to run into situations you wish you’d handled differently and that’s got to be something that you’re okay with in general. You can’t hold yourself to perfection.

 
Make Self-care Easy on You
If self-care is too difficult to manage, you’re going to ditch it. That’s a given, because as a caregiver you’ve already got so much going on. You must make self-care as easy on yourself as you possibly can, which means streamlining your care and doing what you need, when you need it. Hiring elder care providers is one way to make self-care easy for you to engage in because you’ll know your aging family member is with someone who can help her should she need it.

 
When you’re putting your own metaphorical mask on first, you’re better able to help your senior and the other people in your life. Make the time and the room in your life for proper self-care and you’re going to emerge better as a caregiver than you expected.

 
Excerpt: Self-care is a foreign concept for many caregivers, but it really shouldn’t be.

 

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in Centennial, NV, please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

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How to Prioritize Self-care as a Caregiver

Elder Care Centennial, NV: Prioritize Self-care

When did you last make sure you were getting everything you needed in order to be a whole person? If you’re like most caregivers, you might not have done that in a while. The thing is, if you’re not prioritizing your own self-care, that’s going to come back to bite you later.

 
Use Your Schedule in Your Favor

Elder Care Centennial, NV: Prioritize Self-care

Elder Care Centennial, NV: Prioritize Self-care

Your schedule likely rules your life as a caregiver. You know when you’re supposed to do every little thing and when you have time for even the most mundane tasks. So, shift your schedule just a little bit to ensure that you’ve got plenty of time for you. Put appointments with yourself in your calendar first and then work everything else in around those appointments. It will feel strange at first but do it.

 
Try All the “Right” Things
When you first think about self-care, you might think about things like manicures or massages. Those are self-care. But self-care is about other basic things, too, like getting enough sleep and eating healthy meals. Those are all the things you know you “should” be doing. They’re the “right” things to do to take care of yourself. So, make a list of some of those things that you know you need to be doing and those are the tasks you need to be scheduling for yourself.

 
Give Yourself Space to Be Imperfect
You’re not going to do this perfectly and that’s okay. Caregivers often hold themselves to impossible standards and that’s just not going to be possible every day or in every situation. You are going to run into situations you wish you’d handled differently and that’s got to be something that you’re okay with in general. You can’t hold yourself to perfection.

 
Make Self-care Easy on You
If self-care is too difficult to manage, you’re going to ditch it. That’s a given, because as a caregiver you’ve already got so much going on. You must make self-care as easy on yourself as you possibly can, which means streamlining your care and doing what you need, when you need it. Hiring elder care providers is one way to make self-care easy for you to engage in because you’ll know your aging family member is with someone who can help her should she need it.

 
When you’re putting your own metaphorical mask on first, you’re better able to help your senior and the other people in your life. Make the time and the room in your life for proper self-care and you’re going to emerge better as a caregiver than you expected.

 
Excerpt: Self-care is a foreign concept for many caregivers, but it really shouldn’t be.

 

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in Centennial, NV, please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.



Free In Home Consultation & Care Assessment

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