Keeping in contact with your support system, including friends, family, support groups, and therapists, about your situation through phone calls, texts, or emails can be helpful for your mental and emotional health. Talking about your experiences and feelings can ease your stress levels and raise your spirits. Communicate and turn to loved ones who make you feel appreciated and empowered and will listen and acknowledge your efforts. Being transparent about your needs to your support system is the best way to help them help you.
Stepping out of the house for a few hours to take a walk, go shopping, or go out to eat with a friend, can be excellent for recharging and refreshing your mind. Leisure time may seem impossible to fit into your schedule, but resting and enjoying activities on a daily basis is essential. In addition, taking much-needed time in a different setting to de-stress and recharge should help you to increase your energy to resume your role as an active caregiver.
Prioritize Your Emotional & Mental Health
Keeping yourself healthy is essential to providing quality care for your ill loved one. Stay on top of your doctor visits. It’s easy to forget about your health when busy with a loved one’s care. Don’t skip check-ups or medical appointments. Instead, be sure to take the time to focus on your needs, such as exercise, healthy eating, and routinely getting adequate sleep. Caring for your health will help you be your best caregiver. Following a healthy, balanced diet will give you more energy, improve your quality of life, and aid in your ability to care for your loved one. Routine exercising will boost your energy levels and reduce fatigue. Set a good sleep routine to avoid health problems linked to lack of sleep, like cardiovascular issues and depression. In addition to physical health habits, consider therapy a valuable resource for managing your mental health. Speaking with a therapist may be necessary to keep your emotional and mental health in check.
Caring for a person facing a life-threatening illness is no easy task. However, caring for your own health and well-being and having good habits are crucial and will contribute to you being the best you can be. If you need a break as a caregiver, consider applying for A Week Away! Our 100% funded Respites provide families access to daily care, transportation, and a stipend to help them enjoy a week away from doctor’s visits, treatments, and stress. Visit our website to learn more and start an application today.