As a family caregiver, you NEED to prioritize yourself so that you can be there for your loved one. Self-care is about giving ourselves relief when we feel overwhelmed.
Self-care is not indulgent, self-care is real and it matters- More Than You Think!
Self-care does not need to be expensive or time consuming; here are a few self-care tips for our family caregivers:
- Morning Stretch – Life of a family caregiver is filled with both physical and emotional stressors, before you know it, your muscles are tight and your joints are beginning to hurt, a few stretches can provide a jumpstart to your senses by increasing your blood flow.
- Breath Break – Tending to one’s breathe, even briefly, can diminish stress and support both emotional and physical resiliency.
- How tiny pleasures can change your day – When we get super busy, simple pleasures are often the first thing we sacrifice. (Not enough time…Not enough energy). However, even the smallest moments can provide the boost you need, and well worth the effort. Go ahead smell that flower, listen to the birds chirp, and take in that sunrise or sunset!
- Granny NANNIES is here for you- Approximately 80% of today’s in-home care is provided by unpaid caregivers, namely family and friends. While loved ones respectfully step up to care for America’s elderly, it can place an unknown burden on everyone. Lean on the Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Home Health Aides (HHAs) referred by Granny NANNIES, a licensed nurse registry dedicated to ensuring patients and their loved ones receive the home care and support they need.
Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992. During this annual thirty day period, health care professionals and health promotion experts across the country will join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.
If you are experiencing care giver stress, we urge you to call Granny NANNIES, we have been assisting with families’ home care needs since 1990.