By William Smith
3. Take Small breaks . Go outside for a walk and take deep breaths or relax in the backyard. Read a book or watch a video. Just taking a break and removing yourself from the environment can improve your well-being.
4. Stay in Good health . So many times, I see the caregiver making sure that the loved one is eating properly and taking their vitamins , etc. and totally neglecting themselves. You are not a machine. Get regular health and dental checkups. Eat healthy meals and snacks. Exercise can lower stress and increase your energy . Have regular sleep patterns. Again, seek support groups to help relieve mental stress.
5. Stay Positive-avoid being negative. It is not always easy but a positive attitude can help you be a better caregiver. You also offer dignity to your loved one and they will feel safer and loved. You will feel good that you are doing the best that you can even if your loved one cannot respond to you or is indifferent.
Care giving is a huge responsibility and not everyone can do it. I hope this article helps you . Again, if it becomes overwhelming, please ask for help.