Tips for Lessening the Burden as a Family Caregiver
As you take care of your loved one as a family caregiver, there may be times you get stressed out and feel overwhelmed. It’s a big responsibility for the health and well-being of your loved one. You have to try and find the balance for your mental and physical health to be a great family caregiver. Check out these tips below to lessen those burdens.
Be Open to a Helping Hand
You are one person and you can’t do everything by yourself even if you do consider yourself superman or supergirl. You should accept help when it’s offered to you. Whether it’s from other family members, your friends, your significant other, or your neighbors, always accept a helping hand. They may want to help you by picking up or taking your loved one to and from a doctor’s appointment. Or helping you with picking up groceries. They may even want to help you with your personal needs such as cutting your grass or picking your children up from school. The saying “it takes a village” is very true.
It’s important to set realistic goals from the beginning so you can manage your expectations as well as your loved one’s expectations for the care you will be providing for them. Be honest with yourself and them about what you can handle and what you can’t handle, what you can manage and what you can’t manage. Plan on what they absolutely need as far as medical needs, dietary restrictions, exercise, and so forth. Focus on what you’re able to provide to make sure they are happy, comfortable, and healthy.
Be sure you’re taking care of yourself mentally and physically. You won’t be able to take care of someone else if you’re not taking care of yourself. Eat well-balanced meals, visit your doctor when needed, get a good amount of exercise every day and a good amount of sleep every night. Make sure you have some me-time whether that be a hobby you enjoy doing or spending time with loved ones whether it’s significant other, family members, and/or friends.
Research & Stay Connected
Remember you’re never alone and someone else may be experiencing the same very things you are experiencing. Try researching about what it is to be a family caregiver, what do family caregivers go through and how to cope with certain stressors if they arise. There are a lot of books and websites about this topic, just like this blog.
If you need proper training on being a family caregiver you should get it. You can also try joining a support group such as Facebook groups for family caregivers or following social media pages that offer tips and advice on how to manage your loved one’s care as you take on that while juggling your personal life.
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