How Realistic Is Your Self-Care Plan?
By Kevin Edwards, President
When you first think about setting up a self-care plan for yourself as a caregiver, you might make it a wish list of sorts. The problem with that is you’re less likely to actually meet your goals that way. A realistic self-care plan allows you to get what you need and make progress later.
You’re Eating Moderately Healthy Foods Regularly
Nobody eats the perfect diet every single day. But if you’re trying to eat healthier, that means that you’re consciously making choices at every meal that give you a fighting chance. Eating regularly also means that you’re not letting your blood sugar drop too low and then spike it with sugar and other carbs that might give you a huge burst of energy. You want slower food sources of energy consistently so that they can keep you going.
You’re Moving a Little Bit More
Exercise helps you to sleep better and it gives you an energy boost. You’ll also start craving healthier foods, which helps with the sleep and energy. The thing is that you don’t have to embark on a huge exercise plan, either. You can start out just moving a little bit more every day and that can be enough to help you realistically take better care of yourself and of your senior family member.
You’ve Hired Home Care Servces Providers
Hiring home care services providers is a huge part of any self-care plan for yourself, but it’s equally part of caring for your elderly family member. They can take over tasks, spend time with your aging family member, and do so much more. In the meantime, you can take that time and spend it on yourself. Respite care should be a big part of your self-care so that you can come back ready to go again.
You Have a Support System
You also need to have people around that love you and are there for you when you need someone to lean on. Your emotional health needs you to manage your feelings and that can often happen most effectively with a strong support system. If you don’t already have one, you can build one with friends, family members, and even other caregivers that you meet in support groups.
When you’re approaching care, both of yourself and of your senior family member, from a realistic standpoint, you’re going to be able to maintain that plan. When it’s a difficult plan to keep up with, it’s going to fall by the wayside and then it won’t do you any good at all.