Being a caregiver has it moments. It can be immensely rewarding knowing that you’re looking after an older adult who perhaps once looked after you. But, it can also be physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting. There are times when you wonder if you’ll ever get a moment all to yourself. Sometimes you might even feel like you’re failing at other parts of your life because you’re so busy with your aging relative. If you’ve begun to feel like you’ve lost some of your caregiver mojo, we’ve got some ideas to help you get it back.
See Your Doctor
Many caregivers neglect their own health because they’re busy with caregiving duties. They may put off getting a check-up and fail to keep up with vaccinations, like the flu shot. If you haven’t been to the doctor in a while, make an appointment. Be sure to tell your doctor that you are a caregiver so that he or she can address concerns specific to your situation.
Look for Ways to Stay Positive
Spend a little time each day thinking about what you’re grateful for. You might even want to take time to write down a few things you’re grateful for every day. Look back on them when you’re feeling frustrated or blue. It can also help to start your day be reading positive affirmations, or just taking some time for yourself before you jump into caregiving duties. Go to the gym, have a cup of coffee while you read, or take a quiet walk.
Let Others Help
Sometimes you might feel like you’re on your own as a family caregiver. In truth, there are often many people who are willing to help, even if only small ways. Make a list of things you feel comfortable with other people doing, such as cooking a meal, picking up groceries, or spending an hour with your loved one while you meet a friend for coffee or go to an appointment. Next time someone asks you how they can help, pull out the list and ask them if the would be willing to do any of the things on it. Or, make some phone calls and make specific requests.
Find a Support Group
There are support groups for caregivers. You can find one to attend in person or take part in an online group. Support groups are safe places to vent your feelings and learn tips from others.
Hire Home Care
Home care agencies can provide flexible care according to the needs of your aging relative. You can have home care come in for just a few hours during the week, for entire days, and even for overnight care. Home care providers can ensure the safety and comfort of the older adult so that you have time to take care of yourself.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Toms River, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.