Have you given much thought to your own social life? You probably worry about your senior’s social involvement, but yours is just as important.
Check Yourself for Signs of Isolation.
Isolation is something that can sneak up on you without you realizing it. Sit down and think back to the last time you went out with friends or the last time you talked to your best friend. That kind of information will give you a big clue about how much you might be isolating yourself.
Reach out to People in Your Life.
The first step is to start reaching out to the people in your life. You don’t have to do anything right now that takes a lot of time or energy on your part. What you’re focusing on right now is refreshing those relationships and letting people know that you’re there and that you’re thinking about them. This can be as simple as sending a quick text or email.
Start to Seek out Balance in Your Life.
Your life can’t be all about caregiving. That leads to imbalance and can leave you feeling unfulfilled and anxious. Leave that situation in place for too long, and the stress can really work on you. Caregiving needs to take quite a bit of your time and energy, of course, but start looking at ways you can spend time and energy doing things that make you happy and that fill you up, too.
Take Breaks More Often.
If you’re not giving yourself the permission to step away from caregiving, even for a few minutes, then you’re going to find it difficult to revamp your social life at all. That time has to come from somewhere. Start practicing this by taking regular breaks in the morning and the afternoon. These might be as short as a few minutes at first, but you can gradually increase those breaks as you become more comfortable.
Find Other People Who Understand Caregiving.
Often caregivers find that they lose touch with the people that they care about because those people don’t really understand much about what it takes to be a caregiver. One solution for this is to start meeting new people who do understand caregiving. This is most likely to happen at a caregiver support group meeting or in other places you might encounter caregivers.
As you make more room for yourself to have a social life while you’re also a caregiver, you’ll find that it becomes easier to maintain the balance that you’re creating for yourself. Your own health and well-being depend on this.