Chapter 1: The juggling act
Useful “stuff” to help
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 probably know these things, sometimes good advice can be hard to follow. Click on each for more information.
Take regular breaks to do something that you enjoy. You could go to a movie, take a walk, go for a bike ride, or have an afternoon nap. If you are not able to take breaks outside of the home, 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 TV show. Even 15-minute breaks can help you catch your breath.
Try to follow a schedule to eat and sleep regularly. If you are always going to bed late or eating meals hours after you first become hungry, your health will suffer. Try keeping simple snacks on hand to ensure you are always able to eat regularly.
Making healthy food choices is an important way 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.