Let’s give a big warm welcome to 2017. It’s a brand-new year and an ideal time to create new healthy habits. Now that everyone is getting back to a normal schedule and the daily grind, it’s the perfect opportunity to take some time to focus on self-improvement, even if you’re tasked with caring for an aging parent or loved one.
At-home caregivers have plenty of tasks to accomplish during the day and it’s their attentiveness and positive energy that help keep our loved ones happy and healthy. However, being a caregiver can be stressful. For these individuals, self-care is imperative. Here are five New Year’s resolutions for caregivers.
1. Resolve to recharge.
Thank yourself for all of the great and wonderful hard work that you do! Sometimes it may not come from the people you’re caring for, but take a few moments to acknowledge the great work you’re doing. Self-compassion can do wonders to help you recharge in stressful moments.
2. Resolve to reenergize.
It’s perfectly okay to take time for yourself to reenergize with a relaxing activity. You can be highly dedicated to your job, but still take time to honor your own well-being. Keep in mind that in order to take care of others you have to take care of yourself first.
3. Resolve to read.
Reading is wonderful not only for education, but also to serve as inspirational source to help put an extra pep in your step. There’s a wealth of literature out there on Alzheimer’s, dementia, senior care, caregiver stories, and countless other topics.
4. Resolve to rest.
It’s okay to ask for help! There are individuals available to aid you during the day and take some of the load off. Remember, accepting a little assistance doesn’t mean you’re not doing your job well! Reach out to a caregiver company like 24/7 Nursing Care to give you some support.
5. Resolve to release.
Don’t keep all your frustration and other emotions trapped inside of you until you burst. Talk to a friend, family member, a colleague or a professional. Release the excess tension so that you can maintain a positive and endearing attitude around your senior loved ones.
Caring for a loved one at home can be both rewarding and daunting. If at anytime you feel like you need additional assistance, give us a call to schedule a free consultation. At 24/7 Nursing Care, no job is too big or small.
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