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Taking Care of Yourself When you are a Caregiver

Nov 26, 2018

Taking Care of Yourself When you are a Caregiver

If you’re currently caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, you’re likely constantly looking to the needs of your loved one. While this is admirable, it’s important to realize that you also need to look at your own needs in the face of helping your loved one. If you’re not caring for yourself, ultimately you won’t be able to provide the level of care for your loved one that you would like.

Caregivers Often Overlook Their Own Well Being

Typically caregivers have wonderful personality traits including wanting to give more than they receive. While this is certainly a positive quality, it can get out of hand quickly. Below are just a few of the ways that caregivers will often overlook their own well-being while caring for a special friend or loved one:

  • Poor Eating Habits
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Failure to Rest Adequately When Sick
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Failure to Schedule or Follow Through With Key Medical Appointments for Themselves

Typically caregivers have wonderful personality traits including wanting to give more than they receive. While this is certainly a positive quality, it can get out of hand quickly. Below are just a few of the ways that caregivers will often overlook their own well-being while caring for a special friend or loved one:

Ways to Practice Self Care

Below are just a few ways that you can ensure you’re taking care of yourself and that your life is not completely consumed around caring for your friend or family member.

Take Time For Yourself

While your loved one may not be able to tell you this, it’s important that you take time out for yourself. You want to ensure you’re alert and engaged when helping your loved one, and one way to ensure this happens is by taking time to do things that you enjoy. Maybe it’s going to the movies, hiking, spending time with friends, or shopping. Whatever you enjoy, be sure to make time to spend time doing things that take your mind off your efforts as a caregiver.

Ask for Help

Many times caregivers will feel as if they’re the only person who are capable of providing any type of care for their loved one. The reality is that there may be others around you that are more than willing to lend a hand. Be sure to ask for help to reduce the weight that you feel related to all of the responsibilities falling on your shoulders.

Take Care of Your Health

While you’re taking care of your loved one, you’ve likely neglected your own health. Pick up the phone and schedule a checkup right now!

It’s Time to Take Responsibility for Your Own Care

You likely can’t control the illness or condition that’s causing your loved one so much discomfort. What you can control is your own personal well-being. Be sure to focus on meeting your own needs, even in the midst of dealing with complicating circumstances surrounding the health of your loved one. For more information on dealing with issues surrounding caregiver duties, feel free to reach out to the team at Westminster Memory Care today.

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