Self-Care for Caregivers in the New YearFebruary 08, 2019
Happy New Year, all! When we set New Year’s resolutions, we’re often pretty hard on ourselves. We set lofty goals, from increasing physical fitness to reading more books to saving lots of money. But what about the resolutions that encourage us to be more kind to ourselves?
Whether you’re caring for a senior loved one or a caregiver by profession, you understand that caregiving is complex. It’s extremely rewarding, but can also lead to feelings of fatigue. Being compassionate and loving is a beautiful thing, but we have to remember to be gentle towards ourselves, too!
You can’t give from an empty vessel, as they say. So, as caregivers, we must take care of ourselves so we can take care of those we love. In the new year, how can you boost your self-care routine? Let’s explore some tips!
Get Plenty of Rest
Sleep is essential for our cognitive and physical functions. In order for us to think clearly and stay healthy, we need to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Prioritize getting a consistent night’s sleep so that you can wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead!
Meditate and Practice Mindfulness
In addition to staying physically active, caregivers need to work on their mental fitness, too. Try meditating for 10 minutes in the morning each day. You may see a huge boost in mental clarity and calm—and you’ll likely feel a wonderful sense of wellbeing, too!
New to meditation and mindfulness, and don’t know where to start? There are many of apps you can download on your phone, and one of our favorites is Headspace. You can choose from a selection of quick meditations that’ll give you great peace of mind throughout the day!
Drink Plenty of Water
When we become dehydrated, we can feel fatigued and irritable. We can experience headaches and be more prone to getting sick. Flush your body of these toxins by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. You’ll be amazed by how much more energy you have! If you feel yourself getting sick, too, add some Emergen-C vitamin packs to your water.
Try Aromatherapy and Baths
Keep your muscles calm and relaxed through relaxation-inducing activities, such as yoga, aromatherapy, or calming baths. Is there a certain scent that really calls to you? For some, the very smell of lavender can increase a sense of relaxation. Try carrying around one of your favorite scents throughout the day!
Schedule Time Off
In this go-go-go world, this is perhaps the hardest, and yet most important, one to remember. When we work for days on end, in any profession, we can start to feel burnout. However, when we schedule regular days off or time for rest, we come to work feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. You don’t have to wait for a big vacation, either; just scheduling one extra day off here and there can be hugely therapeutic.
Get in Touch
These are just a few of our tips; we hope you found them to be helpful! To learn more about careers with Blue Harbor Senior Living, get in touch. You can visit our Careers Page, and browse our open positions. We look for skilled and incredibly compassionate professionals to join our senior care teams. For a sense of the type of compassion and heart we look for, learn all about our HEROES program. We look forward to hearing from you!
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