You can absolutely avoid most of the problems that plague you as a family caregiver. You might not feel as if most of these issues are within your control, but you would definitely be surprised. It’s about making better choices for your own good as well as for your elderly family member’s good.
Poor Eating Habits on a Daily Basis.
It’s easy to convince yourself that you can’t change anything about your eating habits because your life is so chaotic. While it’s true that being a family caregiver can be chaotic, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take a little bit of time to figure out a few healthy meals and snacks for yourself. Remember that food fuels your body and if you’re not putting good fuel in, your body won’t be able to keep going.
Lack of an Exercise Routine.
Exercise helps you to sleep better and stay healthier. Without it, you’re likely to feel restless and stuck. Talk to your doctor about the types of exercise that will work best for your current health and then start slowly. There’s no use running headlong into an exercise program that you’re not able to stick with. Concentrate on moving more and remember that you can always add more activity.
Continuing to Go, Even When Sick.
Do you allow yourself to have sick days? If you’re like most family caregivers, you don’t allow that for yourself at all. The problem is that you’re not a machine. You occasionally won’t feel great and you’ll need to let your body heal. If you can learn to do that, your body will repay you by staying healthier for longer periods of time.
Consistent Sleep Deprivation.
Just like food fuels your body, so too does sleep. If you’re constantly running around in a sleep deprived state, you’re not going to be up to your highest potential. Figure out what is causing you the most trouble with sleep and solve that problem. Only when you’re consistently getting solid sleep can you let up on solving your sleep problems.
If you’re out of balance, consider hiring home care providers to help your elderly family member while you get yourself back in gear. The sooner you do this, the better.