Caregivers in Avondale AZ
Caregivers are susceptible to something called caregiver stress. It can drain you and leave you feeling unable to handle the situations that you really need to be able to handle in order to care for your elderly loved one. If you can learn how to recharge yourself, you can keep stress at bay.
Put Yourself into Your Schedule First
Family caregivers often try to sandwich themselves into the plan after everyone else has already been taken care of. The problem with this is that usually means that there’s no time left for the family caregiver. To avoid that mistake, start scheduling tasks and care for yourself first. Then you can fit everyone else into the rest of your week.
Do Things that You Enjoy
If you had an entire day to yourself, what would you do? Chances are that the day would be taken up with a host of shorter activities. Start making a list of the things that you enjoy doing or that you miss doing. Start working some of those activities into your daily and weekly schedule. You need to do things that you enjoy doing in order to bring some peace back to your life.
Get Out of the House for a Little Bit
Often family caregivers find that it’s been a few days since they left the house to do something on their own. You need a break more often than that, so it’s important that you set aside times that you can get out of the house for a little while. Enlist the help of other family members or home care providers to make sure that your loved one is cared for while you step away.
Ditch the Guilt
One problem that can plague family caregivers is that they may feel guilty for taking any time for themselves. You can’t allow that to be the case for you, however. There’s an old instruction that advises people on airplanes to put on their own oxygen masks for putting masks on other people. This is especially true for a family caregiver. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, you can’t appropriately take care of others.
Learning what helps you to recharge can help you to be a better family caregiver for your elderly loved one.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Avondale, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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