Work/life balance has become a priority for many American workers since the onset of the pandemic. Many people who have become part of the “Great Resignation” cite their desire for a healthier work/life balance as the reason for searching for a new job. Family caregivers don’t have the luxury of resigning from their responsibilities, but a healthy work/life balance is just as vital for them as it is for anyone. Not only does their health and happiness hinge on a proper balance, but also that of the loved one they care for. If you’re a family caregiver, striking a balance between caring for a loved one and caring for yourself takes conscious effort. You need to take steps every day to attain that healthy balance. Here are five ways to do that:
Give yourself a break
Every worker needs to take breaks during their shift, including family caregivers. Take 15 to 30 minutes off at least once or twice a day. If you’re caring for a loved one 24/7, arrange for someone to relieve you of your duties. Enlist the help of a family member, friend, or respite care from a professional caregiver.
Move, move, move
Exercise doesn’t sound like something you want to do when you’re drained, but it’s one of the healthiest ways to achieve balance. Just 20-30 minutes of exercise at least three times a week will relieve your stress and take your mind off of caregiving. Take a brisk walk outside or on the treadmill, practice yoga or Tai Chi, or dance to your favorite music. Many apps can help structure your exercise for you.
Eat a balanced diet
When you’re busy and stressed, going through the drive-thru at a fast-food joint can be very tempting (and habit-forming). But, there’s a price to pay for eating junk food, like an energy crash a couple of hours after eating. So, instead of a burger and fries, make yourself a delicious smoothie, soup, or a salad topped with some lean protein. Snack on fruit and carrot/celery sticks throughout the day. You’ll feel the difference between your body and your mindset.
Family caregivers often compromise when it comes to sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to striking a healthy balance in your life. Strive for 7-9 hours a night of sleep. Enjoy a warm bath or read a good book before turning off the light; stay off your phone or pad for at least an hour before going to sleep.
Stay connected to your friends
Caregivers can often become isolated from their friends without even realizing it’s happening. Even though you’re tired and “talked out,” staying connected to supportive friends is important. It improves your outlook on life and keeps you connected to the outside world. If it’s hard for you to get out of the house, communicate with your friends via text, social media, email, phone calls, or video chat.
Seniors Prefer Homecare Can Help You Strike the Right Balance
The caregivers at Seniors Prefer Homecare are here to provide you with the support you need to strike a healthy balance in life. We’ll provide the care your loved one needs while you take care of yourself, which is essential to maintaining your health and the well-being of your loved one.
Whether you need us a couple of hours a day, a few days a week, or around the clock, we’re here for you. Contact us today to learn more about the most dependable in-home care in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa.