It is the time of year when many people are making New Year’s resolutions. If you are a caregiver who is thinking about making a resolution, Milford senior care professionals have listed a few suggestions. Family caregivers who feel they overlook their own needs can benefit from making and sticking to these easy-to-keep resolutions.
1. Read a Great Book
Give yourself 10 minutes each day to get lost in a good book. While you may want to read books on caring for your loved one, try and read something on another topic you find interesting.
2. Ask for Help
Many family caregivers believe they have to be strong and do everything themselves. Allow others to support you by asking for help. Ask a relative or a neighbor to stay with your loved one for a short time while you run to town for errands. You can also ask a friend to come over and help you complete a special project.
3. Go See Your Doctor
While you may have been to doctor’s appointments with your loved one several times, make sure you make a medical appointment for yourself to take care of your own health needs this year.
Spend a few minutes each day journaling. Write, draw, or color in your journal. You can journal anything as long as you are getting your emotions out.
5. Talk to Someone Other Than Your Loved One
Spend 5 minutes talking to someone other than your loved one each day. You can talk to someone online or the clerk at the grocery store, but make sure to have a conversation with another individual every day.
6. Get Plenty of Rest
It is very important to get enough rest each day. You may find it easier to manage any challenges when you are well rested. You may also find it easier to manage daily tasks with the help of nurses or professional Milford caregivers.
7. Sit for 5 Minutes Everyday
Understand you can accomplish a lot more if you sit down for at least 5 minutes everyday. Cuddle up in a big chair and just sit there without moving.
Taking care of yourself during the coming year can help you regain your strength and take better care of your loved one. For more ideas on how caregivers can unwind and care for their own needs this year, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted name in high-quality elder care. We provide experienced professional caregivers who can help your loved one carry out daily tasks such as grooming, housekeeping, meal preparation, and transportation to and from medical appointments. We also provide specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s care Milford seniors can trust. Call 203-444-8575 to learn more about the flexible care options we offer.