As we enter the New Year you may have already decided on your resolutions for self-improvement, but have you considered an action plan to help your role as a caregiver?
As the calendar continues to turn ringing in another year, promises are heard throughout homes to better improve one’s life or the life of another. We know the high demands and additional stress can take a toll on our caregivers, but creating a list of resolutions to help build a better atmosphere for you and your client or loved one, is a great way to enter into the New Year.
Here are some tips.
Take Care of YOU
It’s easy to get lost in the never ending list of caregiving duties, but it is important to remember to take care of you too. Improve your own health and reduce stress by,
- Doing yoga
- Stretching every morning
- Taking a casual stroll every night
- Eat healthier
- Find a good book or puzzle to center your mind
- Keep in touch with old friends and family by calling to catch up or setting aside a day to meet
Finding yourself and separating who you are as an individual from your position as a caregiver is vital for yourself and your client.
It’s ok to need to take a break from your position as a caregiver. It is not only physically but mentally exhausting at times so make sure you are taking regular breaks. Talk to family members, and take advantage of local services and programs. Visiting a Senior Center or Mental Health Community for lunches or activities can not only give you some breathing room but to also introduce them to the surroundings to help your client or loved one feel more comfortable in case the need for them to relocate in the future ever does occur.
Use Technological Advanced Tools
There are amazing applications that are accessible for caregivers at any point in time. From apps that are geared specifically towards clients with Alzheimer’s to Autism, these easy to access opportunities can help answer questions, track mood swings, their health, daily schedules, you name it. Most of these applications are highly customizable and can even be used as a chat room for everyone involved in your client or loved one’s life. Keeping everyone up to date, some of these applications can ease the burden and stress of remembering to inform everyone about doctor appointments and daily activities.
Plan a Month by Month Schedule
It’s as important as it is for your client as it is for you, to remember to get out of the house. Disabilities and special needs come with many barriers but overcome them by planning accessible activities. Research events that will occur this year and see which ones are plausible for your loved one. Look into activities that could boost their spirit and your own by doing something that you both will enjoy. From planning a trip to a theatre show, or simply visiting a craft fair, it’s important to keep both of your needs in mind.
These resolutions might not be perfect for everyone but they are here to motivate you as not only a caregiver but an individual. Your happiness and health reflects onto your job, so help to build a better year by setting goals and keeping in mind that you can do this.