Physical self-care is a simple idea and yet people complicate it to the point that it seems unattainable. That doesn’t have to be your experience. Pinpoint some changes you can make and then take small, steady steps toward better self-care.
Visit Your Doctor Regularly
Your own doctor can help you more than you think, especially if you’ve been neglecting your own health in favor of being a caregiver. You need to know what’s going on with your health now so that you can be proactive about it. The last thing that you need is to be ignoring your health while caring for your senior, then find yourself in the midst of your own health crisis. That could take you out of caregiving entirely and then what’s Plan B? It’s far better all the way around for you to be prepared and for you to know what you’re up against.
Rethink How You Look at Food
If your approach to food right now is that you wolf down whatever is handy when you have a spare two minutes, that’s not going to cut it. You’re running at peak expectation right now as a caregiver. You’re pushing your brain, your emotions, and your body to their limits. To keep up, your physical body needs to be fueled properly. Start making some small changes gradually that have you eating a little healthier every single day. You will feel a difference.
Moving Your Body More
Exercise is something your body needs, whether you realize that or not. The human body was designed to move and all too often modern humans end up in sedentary lifestyles. When you move more, you strengthen your muscles, including your heart and lungs, and you prompt your brain to start pushing out the “good chemicals.” Those include endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and others that help with mood regulation and sleep. All of these are chemicals you need and that are easiest to get just by moving your body a little bit more often. Talk to your doctor about whether you’re okay to exercise before you go training for marathons, though.
Giving Yourself Downtime
Rest is all a part of the cycle, too. As a caregiver, you’re probably on the go from the moment you wake up until the time you finally allow yourself to fall asleep. You need to be able to have time that’s just for you, though. When you do that, you give yourself a chance to decompress and to reconnect with yourself. That does your mind and your body some serious good.
Being a caregiver means that you have to start taking better care of yourself. That is going to give you what you need to take the best care possible of everyone you love.
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