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One Step at a Time For Caregivers:

In our society, we are often the caregivers for more than our children.  There is extended family, and quite often parents who need our care and attention.  Our time feels so limited when we are trying to meet the needs of those we love, that our own health, happiness and well-being is forgotten.  We end up stressed and contracted, because we feel guilty taking the time to care for ourselves.

Luckily there are simple ways that you can support your health and well-being so that you are able to continue to care for your loved ones.  Taking one simple step every day can help keep you feeling healthy, with enough energy to make it through the day.

  • Stay hydrated.  Start your day with a big glass of water, and keep water handy throughout the day.  Add lemon, cucumber or mint if you dislike the taste of water plain. Water helps your body function, and can be a great energizer.
  • Get to bed.  Sleep is often seen as negotiable, but it’s so important for our brain function as well as our immune system and mood.  Find a short, relaxing routine that will get you ready for bed, even a simple cup of tea before you lay down will get you ready. Some swear by writing down their worries before bed to get them off their mind. Find what works for you.
  • Be thankful.  When everyone around you needs to cared for, it can be easy to get lost in overwhelm.  Take a few moments to think of what you are grateful for in your life; even the simplest things can help you feel a little better.
  • Ask for help.  Chances are, there are people around you who are able to help, who just need to be asked.  Consider asking someone to grocery shop for you, or come over for 20 minutes so you can take a short walk.  Having a moment to yourself can make a big difference.
  • Breathe.  Focus on your breath for 5 inhales and 5 exhales.  You can do this while in the shower, laying in bed or cooking a meal.  Let your attention stay with your breath, and feel your inhale filling you with oxygen and energy.  Exhale and allow anything that isn’t good for you to be released.
  • Limit Sugars. Sugar can be the go-to energy fix to quickly boost your energy, but then it crashes and you feel terrible.  Get off the sugar roller-coaster by eating more fruits and vegetables, along with nuts and seed for energy that will keep you going.

Taking the time to add some small measures of self-care can make all the difference in how you feel.  Think of how the person you are taking care of would feel if they knew that you were sacrificing your health for their care.  Chances are they wouldn’t want you to, and it’s not required of you, even when it feels like you don’t have any choices.

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