On Valentine’s Day people send tokens of love to special people in their lives, but some people tend to forget to show themselves some love. This is especially true for family caregivers.
Family caregivers are often so busy caring for others that they overlook their own physical and emotional health. According to Statistics Canada, 28 percent of family caregivers found providing care somewhat or very stressful and 19 percent of family caregivers indicated that their physical and emotional health suffered in the last 12 months as a result of their caregiving responsibilities. Furthermore, 55 percent of family caregivers felt worried or anxious as a result of their caregiving duties. They also reported high levels of fatigue, irritability, poor sleep and feeling overwhelmed.
Taking the time to relax and rest is also an important part of self-care and helps you be a better caregiver. The Canadian Women's Health Network lists a few examples of how family caregivers can relieve stress:
- Try yoga, Tai Chi or relaxation and deep breathing exercises.
- Educate yourself about your loved one’s condition or illness, so you’ll know what to expect.
- Make time for enjoyable activities such as visiting friends or hobbies.
- Respect your limitations and ask for help when you need it.
- Make sure you are well-rested and maintain a healthy diet.
If you’re pressed for time, try one of our quick relaxation practices.
At ComForCare Home Care, we want you to relax and care for yourself. So, this Valentine’s Day, show yourself some love and give us a call. We offer respite care, so you can take some time off and get the relaxation you need. We can provide help from a few hours a day to around-the-clock care.