I hope you and your family are fine. I think of you and send my positive thoughts and prayers. We miss everyone and hope to bridge the distance through this electronic connection.
While care can be a love job, it can also be extremely challenging. Caregivers are often so selfless that they fail to take care of themselves. In a normal year, for example, caregivers can suffer from anxiety, depression, loneliness, insomnia and self-neglect. However, in a year like this with an unprecedented pandemic, emotional and physical problems can worsen. These symptoms can ultimately lead to stress and burn-out, and can affect the health of a caregiver.
In the past few weeks I have been aware of the increasing stress of family carers. These points of contact are therefore dedicated to all loving caregivers who may feel exhausted. In addition, the idea of self-care is also essential for health professionals and parents. It is important to recognize the emotional toll and find ways to refill your tank. Today I’m going to suggest ways to reduce stress and stay stronger. Before we get in, however, I would like to ask you to ask yourself honestly: “I take care of myself physically, mentally and mentally every day?” If the answer is no, it’s time to make your health a priority and solve problems.
“Think of the emergency instructions you get on a plane. You must put on your own oxygen mask before you can help others with it. No matter how much you love your partner, you can’t take good care of him unless you take good care of yourself first. ” (Excerpt from the book, My two Elaines by the former governor Martin Schreiber)
Ways to be a healthier carer:
- You are what you eat … and drink!– Let’s start with the basics. Sometimes we need a gentle reminder that it is important to eat balanced meals and drink enough water daily. Please also remember to eat regularly. Did you know that we have to drink 6-8 glasses of water every day? That is much! Personally, I have to drink enough, so here are a few of my tips! Lately I’ve bought flavored mineral water in the supermarket or poured water with fruit or herbs at home. I am not only delicious, but also extravagant! In addition, all of this delicacy has no calories and no sodium – which is great! So drink up my friends! Click here for a variety of refreshing combinations: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/9f/f7/36/9ff736b9e4f99ad7bbea90cd818f846b.jpg
- Get Outdoors- In general, the weather was very nice this time of year! Since we live in Wisconsin, it won’t be like this forever! Fresh air renews body and mind. Even if it is only for a short time, you will find a way out. In addition, sun on your skin can benefit your immune system and stimulate your brain and senses. So what are you waiting for?… Open this door and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine!
- When was the last time you saw the doctor? – Don’t overlook your own health. Please make regular appointments with your doctor. If you are unable to go to an office due to Covid-19, ask your doctor about a telemedicine visit on the computer or call them. Please do not feel uncomfortable asking for this property. This is a normal thing. If the doctor is unable to adjust, he will tell you about it. Whatever you do, ignore or postpone any relevant symptoms. Physical self-care is important.
- exercise– I know that you are busy helping your loved one, but finding a way to move your body. If your loved one can go outside with you, start a routine together. Or if you have help, go alone or on a treadmill. No excuses for those of you who live in an apartment or condominium. Try taking the stairs or walking through the halls. In addition, simple stretching, chair exercises or yoga are wonderful. It’s no big secret that exercise reduces stress and increases your mood. Move! If you have health problems, please contact your doctor first.
- Don’t ignore your feelings – Pay attention to your feelings. Bleed trusted family members or friends. However, sometimes it is easier to speak to a trained professional advisor. He / she will listen to you and help you find answers to your problems without making a judgment. Talking about feelings can reduce stress and help resolve a problem. Teletherapy is also common during Covid-19.
- Try a brain health exercise to see how you feel. “Writing down” is another way to get in touch with your feelings. Sometimes it feels safer than saying it out loud. Find a quiet place and close your eyes. Wondering what words describe how you feel? Write them down Honor all feelings; Whatever appears is valid. (You may still want to call a friend, but that’s a good place to start!)
- Let go of some things– Sometimes letting go can be one of the greatest gifts you give yourself. You don’t have to be a perfect caregiver. Try to choose your battles. For example, if you are at home and your loved one’s shirt is upside down, let it go. Or maybe the towels your loved one folded are not the way you like them. Before you react or say anything, think to yourself, “Is it really important?” If it doesn’t hurt your loved one or anyone else, you can avoid extra stress by releasing it.
- Ask for help when you need it / take your time– I put these ideas together because they are often related. Please give yourself permission to stop and reset as everyone needs a break from care. What makes you happy? Read, meditate, watch a movie, take a bath or just find a quiet moment to relax. If you don’t have time, you should coordinate family help or hire a care agency. The necessary break will nourish your soul and reduce your stress. My suggestion … Make a list of ways you may need help. In this way you are prepared when you speak to your family or an agency.
- Take a look at the “Museum Moment” of the Milwaukee Jewish Museum– – Florence Eiseman created designs that generations of children around the world. Carrie Fisher carried Florence Eiseman and the Kennedy children. Most recently, President Obama presented specially made Florence Eiseman outfits as baby gifts during his presidency. This large design business started as a way for an overwhelmed young mother to deal with a baby who would not stop crying. Learn about the story of Florence Eiseman and how the artistic ability to sew and design helped a young mother take better care of her family. After watching, think about how creativity supports caregivers. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/r49LVWbgE5o
“Caregivers are superheroes in comfortable clothes.” (Visit the gray planet)
Thank you, supervisor, for everything you do! Please take care of yourself, because you are valuable to us and your loved ones. If you have a question or want to speak, I am here for you and will be happy to help you. Please send me an email to [email protected]
I think of you and send all my positive energy and love.
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