It is difficult, challenging and often lonely to be a caregiver. It is not unusual for caregivers to provide help for others and neglect their personal needs. The result may be the development of anxiety, depression, loneliness and isolation, and chronic illnesses. It is essential for caregivers to take time out of their busy days. Besides working a busy job or caring for a family, being a fulltime caregiver, may include meal preparation, monitoring and scheduling medical care and appointments and/or care from outside caretakers and of course worrying.
One essential part of caretaking that is usually missing is an emphasis on caring for the caregiver. Most caregivers will laugh at this suggestion and simply say that there is not any time in their day. However, there are many ways to find and provide care. Here are a few suggestions that don’t take a great deal of time.
o Breathe2Relax: Involves focused breathing to reduce stress.
o Happify: An app that teach aspects of positive psychology
o Buddhify: A modern mindfulness app found on the itunes store with a small cost
o Headspace: Free 10 day program with 10 minute guided breathing mediation
o Smiling Mind
o Mindfulness Daily
As you can see there are many ways for a caregiver to receive a little TLC that do not take a great deal of time and do not cost a great deal of money. Try to find a few minutes a day or at least 15-30 minutes a week for time for yourself or “ME” time. It can only help you be a better caretaker and you may even like it.
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