Many caregivers find themselves surprised when they’re suddenly facing a health crisis of their own. The problem is that they spend so much of themselves on their senior’s health that they forget about their own. Here are a few ways you can help yourself stay as healthy as possible.
Get as Much Sleep as You Can.
Believe it or not, cutting back on sleep is not going to be helpful to you in your caregiving journey. You might think that you’re gaining all sorts of time, but you’re really doing yourself a disservice. If you’re having difficulty sleeping, you need to troubleshoot your sleeping problems to determine what’s going wrong. Talk to your doctor if the problems have been ongoing.
While you’re talking to your doctor, make sure that you’re cleared to exercise. Exercising every day helps you to keep your stress levels in check, helps you to sleep better, and just overall keeps you healthier. Find an activity that you enjoy and that you can stick with so that you don’t have to fight with yourself when exercise time rolls around. Start keeping an exercise log that lets you see on a daily basis what kinds of improvements you’re making overall.
Eat a More Nutritious Diet.
Start paying close attention to what you’re eating. If you’re relying on processed foods and convenience foods, you’re not doing your body any favors. Start replacing one junk food meal every day with one meal made up of whole foods that are good for you. You’ll gradually start to embrace that new way of eating and you’ll crave the healthier foods more often. You don’t have to give up the foods that you love, but it’s important to balance them out with healthier food options as often as possible.
Make Sure You’re Going to Your Own Doctor.
You might have noticed several instances where you should be talking to your doctor. This is really important for you as a caregiver. If you’ve been avoiding your own doctor, that needs to stop right away. Your health needs to be at the best it’s ever been so that you can spend more of your time and energy focused on keeping your senior healthy, too.
The key to remember here is that you need to be as healthy as you can possibly be in order to be the best caregiver that you can. If you’re not taking care of yourself, it’s going to be so much more difficult to care for anyone else, including your elderly family member.