Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, and even yoga can all take some concentrated effort to learn and to practice. That can mean learning how to make room in your life for these new adventures. When you’re a family caregiver, making that room can seem like an impossible task.
Book it into Your Schedule
When you first decide that you’re going to make relaxation a conscious part of your daily life, you have to make it an appointment with yourself. Literally schedule the time in on your calendar. By doing this, you’re giving yourself a subconscious message that this is important to you and that you’re making the time to devote to these activities.
Make Sure You’re Able to Keep the Appointment with Yourself
For some people, the easiest part is to write an appointment down in their calendar or type it into the cloud. Keeping the appointment, however, is far more difficult. Don’t give yourself an excuse to back out. If your elderly loved one needs more continuous support, hire elder care providers to spend time with your loved one while you spend time on yourself. You’ll need uninterrupted time just for you.
Expect to Have Good Days and Bad Days
With that said, there are going to be good days and bad days as you learn how to incorporate regular relaxation into your life. Some days you might skip out on your appointment with yourself while other days it will feel effortless to keep that momentum going. Acknowledge that you’re human, this is a learning process, and that it’s not going to be perfect right out of the gate.
Don’t Give Up
Even if you have a few bad days in a row or you’re having trouble finding the time you need, don’t give up. It takes 21 days for you to establish a good habit and even your worst habits weren’t ones that you incorporated into your life overnight. Give yourself permission to keep going through all the growing pains. You’ll find that it becomes easier when you’re easier on yourself.
Even if you’re not sure you’re getting anything from your relaxation time, keep it up. Try different activities until you find the right combination for you.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home elder care in Fairmont, PA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Central Philadelphia. 215-274-0900.