Take Charge

Caring for the Caregiver

November 24, 2015

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When you are caring for a loved one, it is easy to put your needs on the back burner and disregard your own health. Check out these tips to help you focus on your well-being:

Getting a good night’s sleep will allow you to focus on providing care to your loved one. It is recommended that you get at least seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Nourish your body with healthy meals. Taking care of a loved one can drain your energy bank. Sticking with a balanced diet consisting of a minimum of 2,000 calories per day will give you the energy you need.

Take time for you in your busy schedule to unwind. Write a list of your favorite activities and work them into your busy schedule. 

Explore relaxation methods such as yoga, aromatherapy, physical activity or crafting. Taking charge of stress will sustain your mission to care for your loved one.

Seeking support when needed can help your loved one most of all. Friends and family are usually ready to jump at the opportunity to help you and your loved one through the process of healing. Never be afraid to ask.

Organize your schedule to keep track of appointments and other needs. Having a plan for the day will focus your priorities and take charge of your to-do list.

Meeting other caregivers can help you provide better care. These relationships foster healthy ideas and tips to make your care even better for your loved one. 

Ask the physician about any medical concerns if your loved one has permitted you to receive their medical information and/or make medical decisions.

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