Playing the family caregiver role comes with many mental and physical challenges. With more than 65 million Americans currently serving as their family’s caregiver, it is imperative that we encourage these individuals to stay strong and offer help where we can. On this National Safety Month, the friendly team at Lift & Transfer Specialists hope to encourage and empower the family caregivers with these helpful tips.
Set aside time for yourself.
Taking time to care for yourself is just as important as caring for others. At least once a week, take a few hours for some much needed “me time”. Read a book or go to dinner with a friend; it doesn’t matter. You won’t be able to take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself.
Even a small amount can greatly improve your day. Just taking a 20 minute walk is shown to reduce stress, increase energy levels increase and provide mental alertness – all things needed to give proper care to others.
Eat well and get enough sleep.
Many caregivers suffer from chronic lack of sleep and poor eating habits. Make it a point to get seven hours of sleep every night and make small changes such as eating fruit to your daily routine.
Remember, you are already doing a great job as a caregiver, but it is okay to ask for support. That is why Lift & Transfer Specialists are here – to help with all the things too heavy for you to handle.