Having more time in your day is probably pretty high on your caregiving wishlist. Using some of these tips can help you to gain that extra time you need.
Set Priorities and Use Them to Set Your Routine
You probably already have some goals and priorities related to caregiving, but if you’re not using them when you’re setting up your routines and your schedule you might be having some trouble. Your priorities are what you consider most important, so use those to plan your day. You’ll find that your day runs more smoothly.
Let Other People Be “Right”
One of the situations that you’re likely to find frustrating and even time consuming as a caregiver is the fact that you’ll get a lot of advice you didn’t ask to receive. Start letting these advice-givers be right. The reasoning for this is twofold. First, that’s what they often want to hear. Second, it takes time and energy to correct their misconceptions.
Write More Stuff Down
Clogging up your brain with every tiny detail will exhaust you. Carry a notebook with you and make sure that you’re writing more things down. Whether it’s a quick reminder to pick up something that’s low or it’s a note about a new symptom your senior is experiencing, write it down. Don’t count on your brain to hang onto those details when it’s already so stressed.
Look for Ways to Reduce Complaining
Complaining can be an easy way to cope with situations that are out of your hands, but it affects your overall mood and can make coping even more difficult. Do yourself a favor and work on ways to corral your complaints. Making it a point to pay attention to and to reduce your own complaints can help you to spend time focusing on solutions.
Get Some Extra Help, Even an Hour at a Time
Having some extra help, particularly from experienced senior care providers, gives you an extra set of hands to tackle your never-ending to do list. Even if you can only manage an hour or so of help a week or every few days, you can see big results.
Seek out Reasons to Smile
The act of smiling can help your brain to be a little less stingy with endorphins and other chemicals that help your brain and body to work better. This doesn’t mean that you have to smile at everything no matter what is going on, but seeking out things that make you smile naturally can help you so much.
You only have so much time in every day, but trying some of these ideas helps you to make the most of the time that you have. Some of these tips may take some practice to implement easily.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Manalapan, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
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