How to Not Get Overwhelmed as a Family Caregiver
Being a family caregiver can be very challenging at times. On the bright side, it doesn’t always have to be overwhelming. There are things you can do in order to live a healthy and happy lifestyle and not feel burnt out every day after taking care of a loved one.
Allow yourself to take breaks whether that’s a meal break, going for a walk, calling a loved one to chat, checking emails and messages, or simply relaxing. Having proper break times and rest is crucial for your overall health. You’re only one person and as a person, you can only take on and do so much.
It would be wise to make a daily To-Do list so you know all of the things you have planned for the day ahead. Once an item on the list is completed you can scratch it off/put a line through it so you know it’s been handled. It truly is a great feeling to look at your list and see what you have accomplished. And if there happen to be items remaining you can add it to the list for the next day. It’s efficient to stay organized and prioritize these tasks as a family caregiver.
Be sure to take care of yourself by having and maintaining a healthy lifestyle which includes getting a good night’s sleep, exercising, eating right, and drinking plenty of water. It’s also important to have some me time and use that time to do things you enjoy such as reading a book, doing yoga, watching your favorite television show, or spending time with family, friends, and your spouse.
If you start to feel overwhelmed, it’s important to speak up and ask for help. By seeking help another friend or family member can assist with taking care of a loved one or you can hire a caregiver.
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When you or a loved one need a nurse to help in your home, let Caring Home Care find you the perfect match. We’ll start by assessing your unique situation and finding the right Home Health Aides and Certified Nursing Assistants. Then we’ll make all of the arrangements, so you can start getting quality nursing care you can depend on.
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Our team is trained to help with bathing/toileting, taking blood pressure and temperature, meal preparation, companionship, assisting with doctor visits, medication reminders, shopping, and more.