There never seems to be enough time to get everything you need done during the day, does it? This is especially true for a busy family caregiver. You might be taking care of an elderly parent or disabled adult child, and you probably notice just how much stress you’re feeling lately.
Time is of the essence.
How much time do you have to actually take care of yourself? You might have once exercised regularly and no longer get to the gym. Maybe you don’t even take the time to go for a brisk walk in the evening with your spouse or one of your best friends. You might not even have the opportunity to take your beloved pet out for a walk every once in a while.
These things can happen, but you know what else happens? You begin paying less attention to your own personal health.
March is National Nutrition Month and if you don’t feel like you have time to actually devote to yourself, eating healthy, getting exercise, and just being able to relax every once in a while, the stress you feel is going to become exacerbated. It’s going to begin impacting every aspect of your personal life.
What do you do when you don’t have time?
Far too many family caregivers simply assume there’s nothing that can be done; they think, since this individual requires assistance, it’s their responsibility. They think, because this person needs help, they are the only one who can provide it.
A home care aide is a great asset. When you hire a home care aide, you can hire somebody for just a few hours a day, maybe even for just a couple of days a week to start. That might allow you the opportunity to focus on yourself a little bit more.
It’s important to take care of yourself.
There’s a reason why airlines instruct passengers in the event of an emergency to first put the oxygen mask on themselves before assisting a child or other individual who needs assistance. If you don’t take care of yourself you won’t be much good for that elderly person for very long.
If you’re not eating right, not getting proper exercise, and not having the opportunity to alleviate some of the stress you feel, you may face health issues of your own. Some of those health issues could be devastating and leave you unable to provide the support that senior needs. This month, remember to slow down and pay attention to the foods you eat.
If You Or An Aging Loved One Are Considering Hiring Caregivers in South Pasadena, FL, Please Contact The Caring Staff At Assisting Hands Home Care Today! 727-748-4211.
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