How To Get Through Caregiving with More Grace and Ease
Caregiving for an aging loved one can drain us of our time, energy, and sanity. How do we ensure our own happiness and success while looking after the wellbeing of another? Believe me – It’s a balancing act. But, caregiving with more grace and ease is feasible!
Here are a few life hacks to help you care for your aging loved one and have more time, energy and peace of mind!
Get some sleep!
FACT: There are not enough hours in a day. Accept this reality and schedule an adequate amount of time each night devoted to rest.
6-8 hours of sleep each night is ideal.
Being sleep deprived will just make each day longer and harder than it needs to be.
We can not stress enough the importance of exercise. The benefits include increased endorphins and confidence, better physical stamina, and overall improved health. Nonetheless, exercise is a great way to relieve stress!
Try an exercise class or start a walking group.
Surround yourself by loved ones
Spend time with friends, family, and people who make you happy. These are the folks that give reason to our being and motivate us to get up each day.
A smile is contagious; so is a bad attitude. Don’t waste your time in a negative environment.
Live in the moment. Don’t focus on what’s behind you or what’s far ahead. Pay more attention to what’s right in front of you.
Turn off technology and other distractions when possible (i.e. smartphones, computers, tablets and tv)– You’ll be surprised how big a difference this makes.
Have a Daily Routine
i.e. Same time to bed and same time to rise!
A daily routine provides structure. Structure is an easy way to organize your life and make more sense of it.
Find a schedule that works best for you and go with it.
Quit blaming others. Hold yourself accountable for mistakes you make, learn from them and move on.
You will earn respect from others and this is completely liberating.
“The moment you accept responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you gain the power to change anything in your life.” – Hal Elrod
What do you want to accomplish personally and/or professionally?
Figure out the necessary steps to get there and make a plan.
Make a To-Do List Each Day
You will be amazed how much time this saves and more efficient you become.
Meditate. Relax. Breathe – it will all be OK!
In with the good and out with the bad.
Set “Breathe” as a screen saver to constantly remind you or schedule meditation moments on your Outlook calendar.
Schedule Time for You
It is important to disengage and detach from time to time.
Have a personal day, use your hour lunch to take a genuine break, or have a mini get-a-way by going for a drive. Try not to have a destination and get lost if possible.
Anticipate Roadblocks and Be Ready for them
Set yourself up for success by being ready for the unexpected. When something goes wrong, are you prepared to handle the situation?
Strive for Progress NOT Perfection
No one loves a negative Nancy.
Turn your thoughts from “Have to’s” TO “Want to’s”.
When things go unplanned, quit believing the world or odds are against you.
Give Thanks and Appreciation
Gratitude makes us appreciate the things we have and less focused on what we don’t.
Be thankful for what you’ve got and forget about the things you don’t have.
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