The longer you act as a family caregiver for your elderly mother or father, a spouse, or another senior, the more you may feel life slipping away from you. There are so many sacrifices when it comes to being a family caregiver.
It’s important to maintain your own life. Even if you have given up hobbies, spending time with friends, or even your career, it’s time to take back some of that. If you don’t, you could end up feeling resentful, feel stress overwhelm you, and it can affect many relationships have your personal life.
Below are three ways that you just might be able to maintain your life and your sanity as a family caregiver.
1. Take time off.
This may seem laughable to many overwhelmed, stressed family caregivers, but it’s not. In fact, it’s one of the most important things.
It’s why we have laws that protect workers so they have adequate time off and aren’t working 60, 80, or 100 hours a week without rest.
So, how do you take time off when this aging senior needs help seven days a week, morning, noon, and night?
You turn to hiring a caregiver from an agency. The agency can provide the support and flexibility you and the senior needs so you can get time off, time to yourself, and time to refresh and recharge.
2. Know your limitations.
Everyone has limits. If you are pushing yourself well beyond your limits or don’t really know how much you can handle, you run a greater and greater risk of being overwhelmed and burning out.
If you burn out, you will lose focus. If you burn out, it will likely affect your relationship with the senior, and maybe other people in your life.
Understand your limits, set those limitations in stone, and don’t exceed them for any reason. The best way to help you avoid exceeding those limits is to, again, turn to a professional caregiver.
3. Eat healthy.
What’s one of the first things people sacrifice when they have little to no time in the day? Their healthy eating habits.
If you have been grabbing fast food more frequently, heating up processed, frozen meals, or doing other things similar to that, you are not eating healthy.
It’s time to slow down and recharge, but also to spend time eating healthy again. The older you are as a family caregiver, the more important this final component can truly become. Hiring a caregiver can help you get the time you need and maintain your life and sanity.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services in Evanston IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.