Self care is any activity done to take care of your own physical, emotional, and mental health. Self care is essential for caregivers and is not a luxury, it is a necessity; if you are unwell, you are unable to provide care for someone else. Remember, always “put your oxygen mask on first.”
As a caregiver, you spend a lot of time caring for your loved one and as a result, you may forget the most important person in the equation, YOU! The AARP, has identified some tips for practicing for self-care. Some tips for self-care include: Healthy living (eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly), practice good hygiene, see friends (consider joining a support group), try to do something you enjoy every day (that might be dancing, watching your favorite TV show, gardening, painting or reading), and find ways to relax (such as meditation, yoga, getting a massage, take a long bath or go for a walk).
CarePartners offers a variety of conferences and workshops throughout the year that provide information about managing stress when caregiving. Our education opportunities are provided in person and some online. Access our Caregiver Educational Events Calendar to be up to date with our upcoming sessions. To find the list of our previous pre-recorded workshops visit our caregiver resource videos.
It’s important to reach out to others for help while caregiving. Creating a strong network of professionals and family and friends can help you take care of yourself.
Informal supports such as family members, friends, faith community, coworkers, neighbors, and other caregivers.
Formal supports like caregiver support specialists, paid caregivers or service providers, physicians, nurses, case managers, and employee assistance programs. Check the Careparters’ Caregiver Resources for a list of services.
The CarePartners Caregiver Support Team is also available to guide you through this process. Contact someone directly by calling 713.682.5995.
Want more information on how to build your support team? Check out the Family Caregiving Alliance’s resources on saying yes to offers to help which provides strategies to best utilize your support system and accept help.
Another way to manage stress is through getting a break from your role as a caregiver. Visit the What is Respite? to learn more about the types of respite and the resources available to pay for it.
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