Caring for a senior loved is rewarding, but it can also be exhausting. As a caregiver, if you don’t take any time for yourself you may begin feeling burnt out mentally, physically, and emotionally. Although most caregivers don’t have time to go on a lengthy vacation or retreat, here are six things caregivers can do to relax and recharge in 45 minutes or less, brought to you by Grand Rapids senior care provider Home Care Assistance.
- Read a Favorite Book
It’s hard to really get into a new book if you don’t feel you have the time to sit and read for as long as you’d like. Instead, keep an old favorite handy. You’ll enjoy what you’re reading and have an easier time relaxing if you don’t feel stressed about getting to a good stopping point.
- Take a Hot Bath
Baths get a bad rap for being time consuming, but they don’t have to be. Fill the bath while you’re eating dinner, and when you’re done, light some candles, play some soothing music and enjoy.
- Take a Nap
Sometimes, even the best caregivers in Grand Rapids are just plain tired. When you’re feeling sluggish, try settling down for a short nap. Sleeping for just 20 minutes can restore enough energy to help power you through the rest of your day.
- Watch a TED Talk
There are tons of TED Talks to choose from for all interests and all time constraints. Watching a talk on something you’re interested in, like time and space, or one that is more motivational is a great way to take a break and flex your mental muscles.
- Work on a Hobby
Often, hobbies are the first thing that get cast aside when our schedules fill up and we end each day feeling exhausted. Try committing 30 to 45 minutes a week to doing something you love whether it’s artistic, crafty, quiet, or outdoors. It may not be much time in the grand scheme of things, be reconnecting with something you love is great for mental and emotional health.
- Step Outside
There are few things that a little fresh air and sunshine can’t help. When you’re feeling low on energy, spend a little time outside–even if it’s just on your patio. While you’re outside, close your eyes and take some drawn out deep breaths.
One of the best things you can do as a family caregiver is make time for yourself throughout the week to avoid caregiver burn out. If you’re concerned about your loved one while you’re not there, find a part-time caregiver in Grand Rapids who can assist him or her in your absence. At Home Care Assistance, we provide ongoing training in the best care practices, have 24/7 availability, and never require long-term contracts. Find out more about the services available near you by calling (616) 243-0835 and speaking with a friendly Care Manager.