Would you say freedom or time to do what you want to do? Of course, the likelihood for either may not be possible but do strive for it.
Most of us have seen caregivers sacrifice their own needs for others but it may be at your own detriment. Here are a few steps to help you begin to implement changes in 2013 which can benefit your health and wellbeing as the caregiver.
It is flu season so consider a flu vaccine so you can be healthy and protect the one you care for as well.
Chill out by relaxing at least a half hour a day to start with and increase it to an hour.
Learn to meditate, do yoga, pray, or relax in a quiet area, or take a nap.
Learn to say no in adding more to your caregiving load; you have enough to do.
Do get an annual physical and be honest and open with your primary provider of your caregiving role and how you are really doing.
Eat three balanced meals a day to fuel your energy and maintain a healthy weight.
Learn to incorporate an exercise routine walking and alternate weight bearing exercises at least three to five times a week for half hour.
Get a full seven to eight hours of sleep a night.
Get social and attend support groups.
Learn about your local supportive service resources.
Begin your new year with caring for yourself!
Suzanne Holguin, RN, BSN, is assessment nurse and caregiver support group facilitator at the Friendship Centers of Emmet County. Send questions and comments to Caregiving Column, Attn. Suzanne Holguin RN, BSN, c/o Friendship Centers of Emmet County, 1322 Anderson Road, Petoskey, Mich. 49770; firstname.lastname@example.org; or (231) 347-3211, ext. 15. The Caregiving column runs on the third Monday of every month.