Choices are a big part of caregiving. You’re usually making choices about your senior and her life, though. What types of choices are you making for yourself? They matter a lot more than you might be willing to admit, too.
Sleep is incredibly underrated, especially in a society that expects everyone to go more and to do more. But when you prioritize sleep over getting more done, a funny thing happens. You have more energy to be able to get things done and you might even find that you start doing things like exercising more often or spending time just doing what you love to do. It can all start with getting more rest.
Watch What You Eat
Healthy foods don’t have to be difficult, but they do require a little more planning and forethought than convenience foods do. There’s a reason those foods are convenient, unfortunately. Start by swapping out just a few of the unhealthier food options you rely on now for healthy counterparts. Prep some of these foods for yourself and make sure they’re available. You might just find you’re reaching for healthier options more often, which will make you start to expand your choices.
Rethink Sugar and Caffeine
Two of the things that you might really rely on as a caregiver could be sugar and caffeine. Both can give you a burst of much-needed energy, but there are negatives to both. Sugar and caffeine never do as much for you as you hope they will and they almost always bring with them a big crash that feels worse than before. Start cutting back a bit and you’ll find it gets easier over time.
Talk to Your Doctor
It might have been a while since you’ve been to your own doctor, even though as a caregiver you know that medical appointments are important stuff. Take the time to talk to your doctor about any concerns you’ve noticed or changes you want to make. Now is definitely the time to ensure that you’re doing all that you can to keep yourself as healthy as possible.
Being a caregiver is a big responsibility. It means that you’re making big choices on a regular basis for your senior around her health and well-being. You need to be making some of those same big choices for yourself so that you’re still able to be the caregiver you want to be.