Being a caregiver is a difficult, often thankless, job. At GeissMed, since we travel to the homes of our patients, we see caregivers every day. Sometimes caregivers are so focused providing for their patient that they neglect themselves. Here are a few tips to staying healthy as a caregiver.
Help yourself in stressfull times
Being a caregiver can be incredibly stressful. When things seem to be getting out of control, one of the true stressors, here are some tips for coping.
- Accept help. Don’t fall into the mindset that you have to do everything alone.
- Focus on what you can do. Give yourself a break! Remember you’re doing the best you can. If there are weeds in the lawn, try and not to stress about them.
- Make connections. Support groups for caregivers are everywhere. You can also take classes on caregiving from the Red Cross and other associations.
- Get out of the house. Maintain some social connections. Do things you love, whether it’s reading in a book club, dancing, playing golf, or anything else.
- Set personal health goals. Make time for physical activity every day, if possible. Try to eat a healthy diet, too.
- Get your health checked. Don’t neglect your health while providing care for someone else. Schedule your yearly checkups. Keep up to date on screenings.
- Respite care. Give yourself a break. Hire someone or ask a friend to take over for a few hours each week.
At GeissMed, we try and make life a little easier for caregivers by coming to the patient’s home, saving the hassle of making appointments and traveling to the doctor’s office. Give us a call if you want more information on our services, 714-577-2271.