While almost every Birmingham home care professional has wondered if what they are doing is worthwhile, almost 25 percent of caregivers experience burnout that leads to major depression. Before you reach this point, take some time to take care of yourself throughout the New Year.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Many caregivers become so focused on their seniors that they do not take the time to eat balanced meals. At least three times a day, stop long enough to eat a protein source, a grain or starchy vegetable, fresh fruits and a healthy fat.
Get Physical Exercise
Try to get at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity in each day. Additionally, when you are lifting weights, be very careful not to twist your spine. A helpful tip is to use your feet instead of your arms. Bend your knees so that your arms are the same height as the item you need to lift.
Be an Active Learner
Make sure to spend a part of each day learning something that you want to learn more about. You can watch an educational television show, look up information on the Internet or read an educational book. You might even take a class in your community if you have the time.
Do Something You Enjoy
A great way to avoid caregiver burnout is to do something you enjoy every day. You can do a craft, read a fun book or anything else that interests you. Just make sure that you do it for at least 20 minutes every day.
Unless the weather is absolutely dreadful, Birmingham caregivers should spend some time outside every day. Your body needs the Vitamin D, and it also needs to reconnect with nature. Take a walk around the block and notice the little things that change regularly. Your senior may enjoy going along with you.
Talk to Someone
Find a close friend and talk to him or her each day. During the conversation, try to focus on things happening in the world, the weather or anything else that interests you. Your mind will enjoy the mental break from concentrating on your senior loved one.
If you need a little time to yourself to help you maintain overall wellbeing, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We provide respite dementia, stroke and Alzheimer’s care Birmingham families need to watch over their loved ones while they rest and recharge. Call (205) 438-6927 today to learn more about our unique services and how they benefit both seniors and their family caregivers.