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How to recharge yourself as a Caregiver?

By Author 09-Nov-2021 0

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How to recharge yourself as a Caregiver?

Caregivers play an important role in the lives of many individuals. They might be a professional caregiver or someone who takes care of their loved ones on a more informal basis. Caregivers guarantee that all of the requirements of the person in their care are addressed. But sometimes we need to ask the question, Who, looks after the caregiver? Caring for others is a pleasant experience. It gives you a sense of accomplishment, enhances your relationship with that individual, and enables them to have the lifestyle they desire. 

However, Caregiving, on the other hand, brings with it a lot of stress. Being "on" for someone else all of the time, putting your loved one's demands ahead of your own, and performing intricate responsibilities may leave anybody feeling overwhelmed.

What are the signs and symptoms of caregiver stress?

  • Irritable or easily irritated
  • Feeling Hopeless 
  • Errors in caregiving
  • Using unhealthy coping strategies
  • Excessive or insufficient sleep, loneliness or thoughts of isolation
  • Fatigue on a regular basis
  • Excessive concern and lack of enthusiasm for activities you usually like
  • Headaches on frequent basis

Ways to recharge yourself if you are Caregiver

There is no single solution. When you're dealing with caregiver stress, even activities you normally like may seem undesirable. Instead, try some of these beneficial self-care activities.

Sleep – Sleep is one of the most important element that many caregivers do not pay attention to. As per a report more than a third of caregivers sleep for fewer than seven hours per night. Sleep deprivation is harmful to your health and decrease your ability to care for your loved one. 
Start a nightly routine that ensures you receive enough sleep and that the sleep you obtain is of sufficient quality. Try taking a fast 15-minute snooze during the day if you need to re-energize yourself.

Socialize – It is important for you as a human being to let your emotions flow. Try communicating your problem with your family and friends. Maintain your ties with them so you have an outlet for your emotions and someone to depend on.

Write down your feelings – Many people find it difficult to share or communicate their feeling with their loved ones. It might be tough to put your sentiments into verbal words. Putting your ideas into words, on the other hand, can reduce their strength, aid in their processing, and help you release them from your mind. So get a pen and a piece of paper and begin journaling.

Take a break – Unplug yourself for a while. You must constantly be "on" as a caretaker. So, set aside some time to disconnect from your electronics, go outside, and spend quality time with yourself. Allow yourself the opportunity to unplug and rejuvenate.

Have a good and balanced diet - Drink plenty of water and eat healthy. You've probably heard it all before: drink lots of water, limit your caffeine intake, and eat healthy foods. Giving your body the correct foods and liquids, will boost your energy and attention. Nutritional support may really refresh your energy.

Everyone requires time to refuel and exercise self-care more so if you are a caregiver. Following above activities may help you to recharge yourself as a caregiver.