Holiday Stress! 5 Self-Care tips for CaregiversDecember 02, 2019
The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, including caregivers. As caregivers, we’re often putting others’ needs before our own, which can lead to feelings of burnout or fatigue. As the saying goes, “you can’t give from an empty well.” In fact, when caregivers give to themselves, they can do their jobs best! This holiday season, how can you practice self-care?
In this edition of the Blue Harbor blog, we’re looking at self-care tips for caregivers. They’ll work for caregivers and non-caregivers alike, so treat yourself! We hope you enjoy.
Daily Gratitude Practice
Studies show that gratitude can actually boost positive moods and a sense of happiness and wellbeing. In our latest blog, we’ve written about the health benefits of gratitude. We suggested trying to open and close each day by listing 3 things you’re grateful for. You’ll be amazed by the results! Hop on over to our blog about gratitude to get more insights on the health benefits of gratitude.
Make Time for Yourself
Schedule time just for you, making yourself a priority. Even if it’s just 30 minutes in the morning of complete quiet and solitude, that’s great. Or, if you have time for something more substantial, take yourself shopping or treat yourself to a facial. Any way to show yourself some self-love will be rejuvenating!
Exercise is shown to do wonders for stress management. Be sure to exercise as regularly as possible; even 10-20 minutes a day will do wonders for keeping stress and anxiety in check.
Aromatherapy is a fantastic way to ease stress and help you stay calm! Try adding soothing oils to your bath routine or wear relaxation-inducing oils as you go through the day. We’ve put together a list of aromatherapy tips here.
One of the most important ways you can avoid excessive stress is by making sure to get enough rest. Avoid TV or too much screen time before bed and be sure to avoid caffeine and sugar in the evenings. Getting at least 7 to 8 hours of rest each night will help you maintain a better sense of inner calm.
Avoid Too Much Sugar and Caffeine
Sugar and caffeine can be wonderful in small doses, but it’s best not to go into excess. Why? Sugar and caffeine can cause spikes in blood sugar levels, which can cause stress hormones to spike and can lead to energy burnout. But, don’t be too strict with yourself; treats are self-care, too!
Like gratitude, saying positive things about yourself every day is a great way to fend off stress. Even saying out loud to yourself, “I am grateful for myself and all the wonderful work I do in the world” can be a rejuvenating mantra to say in the mornings.
What About You?!
What are some of your favorite ways to take care of yourself over the holidays? Hop on over to our social media page to share your insights!
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