When your self-care is out of balance, you’re likely to feel out of sync with much of the rest of your life as a caregiver. Trying just a few of these ideas can shift your perspective on self-care.
Assess What You’ve Eaten
What exactly have you eaten so far today? Or did you forget completely? That’s a lot more common than you might think. Take the time to eat something that has both protein and carbs and drink a full glass of water. Once you’ve got one good meal or snack into you, you can be in a better frame of mind to do that again later in the day.
Take a Fitness Break
It can be really stressful to tell yourself that you need to fit a workout in every day. Instead, try to remind yourself at least once a day to take a fitness break. It might be as simple as doing a few stretches or walking in place for five minutes. If you’re willing to commit a little bit more, try finding something you enjoy and schedule time for it.
Declutter a Little Bit
Even if you think it doesn’t bother you, clutter can distract your brain subconsciously. You probably don’t have time for a full-on several day decluttering project, but you can tackle one tiny area at a time. Today it might be that hot spot on the kitchen counter. Tomorrow it might be the junk drawer. Set a timer and just declutter for five minutes. As you gradually carve out more space from the clutter, your brain will thank you.
Check in with Yourself
Now and again throughout the day, check in with yourself. Stop and ask yourself how you’re doing, what you’re feeling, and what you need right now. At first, this might feel awkward but listen to what your answers are. When you start to trust that you’ll give yourself what you need, the answers will come to you more easily.
Reach out to Someone
If you’re not already reaching out regularly to friends and family members, try to make the time to do so. You don’t have to have lengthy conversations, either. Checking in with a quick series of text messages can help you to remember that you’re connected to people who love you and who care about what’s going on with you.
When you take the time to focus a little bit on you, you’ll be in a better space emotionally, physically, and mentally to take care of your aging family member. To keep from overwhelming yourself, try adding just one of these changes to your day. When it starts to become second nature, add another.
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