Tips for Caregivers
As a caregiver, it's important to remember that your health is valuable too. These tips can help you remain healthy when you're feeling stressed or preoccupied with the comfort of a loved one who is ill.
1. Eat a Well-Balanced Diet
When you're stressed out, you may tend to overeat. When you're exhausted, it's easy to resort to whatever is handy; quick snack foods, tea and toast, cheese doodles and pop. You need high quality food to perform well.
2. Get Regular Exercise
Exercise is the original "feel good" tonic. It helps you sleep better and wake up refreshed and ready to face another arduous day. Regular exercise improves both your mental and physical well-being, keeping your mind alert and body fine-tuned and energetic.
3. Get Enough Rest
This may be easier said than done, especially if you're caring for someone who tends to wander at night. Still, most people need six to eight hours of sleep a night to maintain good health. Catch up with naps, if necessary, early in the day.
4. Look After Your Own Health
When you're preoccupied with someone else's health, it's all too easy to neglect your own. Caregiving can be physically and emotionally exhausting, leaving you at risk for serious illness.