Chapter 1: The juggling act
Useful “stuff” to help with the juggle
Of course, I know “how” to look after myself. The problem was I was so drained and immersed in caregiving, I forgot to remember.
Although taking time for yourself is often easier said than done, pushing yourself to do more, with less rest, may put you at risk for becoming sick or for injuring yourself or the person who is ill.
Here are some reminders about how to take care of yourself. Even though you know probably know these things, sometimes good advice can be hard to follow. Click on each one for more information.
Take regular breaks and do something that you enjoy. Try to take time for yourself at least once a week. You could go to a movie, take a walk, go for a bike ride, or have an afternoon nap. You may want to go to a restaurant or go for a walk with someone so that you have time to talk outside the home. If you are not able to take breaks away, find other ways to take mini breaks in your home. Listen to music, read a chapter of a book, call a friend on the phone, or watch an episode of a funny sitcom. Even 15-minute breaks a couple times a day can help you catch your breath.
Try to follow a schedule that ensures that you eat and sleep regularly. If you are always pushing back your bedtime and eating meals hours after you first become hungry, your health will suffer. Keeping simple snacks on hand might be one way to ensure that you are always able to eat regularly.
It is also important to feed ourselves well. Healthy food choices are important to recharge ourselves. We do not have to cook gourmet foods, but it is wise to replenish our bodies with good choices whenever possible. Drink plenty of water daily to keep from becoming dehydrated.