When you’re a carer you spend most of your time taking care of your patient or loved one. However, it’s very important to remember to care for yourself too. If you look after yourself, it ensures you stay happy and healthy enough to provide good care to others. Here are a few things you can do to ensure that you're looking after yourself too.
If you snack on junk food throughout your day, you will feel rubbish! Your body will not get the nutrition it needs to keep working properly, therefore you will be low on energy. Aim to eat balanced meals, full of healthy fruits and proteins to ensure you have maximum energy throughout the day. If you prepare food ready for your week at work you'll be able to stick to a healthy diet much more easily.
Participate in hobby
Hobbies & interests are often pushed aside when people are busy. Though this is sometimes unavoidable, enjoying yourself out of work is very important as it will boost your mood and make you feel more motivated.
Exercise also ties in closely with this. It is easy to get home from a long day and want to collapse on the sofa and watch TV. However, doing just 30 minutes of exercise, whether than be running, dancing or sports, can have an extremely positive effect on your stress levels.
Spend time with friends or loved ones
Taking a break from work to interact with your friends or have your family around for a cup of coffee is very important for your emotional health. It helps you remember that there are people around you that support you.
It’s important for Care Workers to take good care of themselves. If you are a caregiver and you're beginning to feel overwhelmed with your responsibilities, seek some help.