5 Self Care Tips for Caregivers to Use

 

These 5 self-care tips for caregivers can be a start to taking better care of ourselves. In the fast paced living of today’s world, no one has time to focus on self-care. A caregiver says this daily until put in a situation where there is no other choice but to slow down and care for self.   Self-care is one of the most neglected areas in the lives of caregivers around the world. We have to understand that in order to give great care, caregivers need to be able to feel great as well.   Sometimes it feels selfish, but caregivers have to start reminding ourselves how those we care for will be affected if we are ill or too debilitated to take care of anyone.  I am reaching out to all caregivers, not just those in the medical field. Any person that takes care of someone at home or even outside of your home, is a caregiver.

 

Relaxation is Self-Care

  1. Take time out for your self without feeling guilty. Do something as simple as stopping at the bookstore to browse through your favorite genre to see whats new. You can also plan a trip to get a manicure, pedicure, or visit your hair stylist. Of course, you have to complete your errand runs, but take the scenic route to get there. Just doing one of these things helps me relieve stress and feel a little more energized. none
  2. Get some rest and make sure you are eating nutritious meals.  Caregivers tend to skimp on rest and proper nutrition.  We always feel rushed and as if there are not enough hours in the day to complete all that is required of us. But, these two things are essential for us to be at our greatest.  We have to strive harder at achieving this goal. If I can’t get in a full 8 hours of sleep then I try to sneak in a power nap during the day. For nutrition, I am working hard at packing healthy snacks to keep with me while running errands, and packing lunch for work days.
  3. Health Checkups

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    3. Make an attempt to get in some exercise. At least 10 minutes of exercise daily will help with decreasing stress and increasing energy. Exercise also helps us to sleep well, strengthen bones and muscles, and improves your mental health and mood. With all of these benefits makes me wonder why this is not always a priority for us.

  4. Visit your healthcare physician.  Make sure you are completing your health care check-ups regularly. Also, ask for referrals to speak with a counselor or psychiatrist if you feel mentally drained. Speaking to a professional about your mental health is part of taking care of self as well. You should report issues to your physician so that any problems can be taken care of. This prevents them from turning into something that keeps you away from caring for those you love.lifestyle change
  5. Lastly, make sure to use the resources that are available to you. Caregivers in the medical profession are offered self-care information and provided with classes on services offered. There is also the  American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) that gives so much information on how to care for yourself as well as your patients.  There is plenty of helpful information assistance for caregivers that are not in the medical world as well. The National Alliance for Caregiving provides resources and information on everything from finances to benefits that assist with affording medications for your loved ones. Utilize the services of your insurance plans.  Most plans offer additional resources to inform the consumer of the help available.

Being a patient advocate is a part of nursing.  Use community resources to help educate families and patients on self-care.  Give information on things like respite or Adult Day Care Centers. Also, everyone should reach out to your insurance providers to ask what caregiver resources are available.  Everyone needs to take better care of self to stay healthy and be able to provide the care to patients and loved ones.

Autism Awareness

#autism #autismawareness

Autism:

The disorder is mainly defined as, “a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior”, and can be diagnosed in a child as young as 18 months of age.  According to the Mayo Clinic, boys are affected at a higher rate than girls. The cause of the disorder is not completely known, but scientist believe that both genetics and environmental factors plays a role. #autism #autismawareness

Awareness:

Autism Awareness is helping more people to understand this issue and helping children to be better diagnosed. I can admit that the first time I saw someone with Autism was on the movie Mercury Rising. I had heard of the disorder but never actually met a person with the disorder. While I watched the movie I was amazed how smart the kid was with the things he was doing. But I wondered if that was a true representation of the disorder.  As time went on I found out the one thing the movie had correct was how smart autistic children are. I learned that there are different ways that autism is presented in an individual and everyone does not act the same way.

Other movies have been created since more light has been shined on Autism. Here are a list of 5 movies that can be seen on Netflix about Autism:

  • Sounding The Alarm
  • Fly Away
  • Dad’s in Heaven with Nixon
  • A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism
  • The Story of Luke

There are a few more titles that was present but these are noted as the top 5.  I am a nurse and have now been in contact with a few patients with Autism and I can say they were a joy, but I plan on watching these movies to get a little more insight into what my patients and their families go thru. Will you join me in further educating yourself on this disorder? Have you worn blue to acknowledge Autism this month? Well April has just started so you have several more days to represent your support. #autismawareness #autism #awareness #autismlove

April is Autism Awareness month so be sure to educate yourself on this disorder a little more. Share the information that you learn, and if you know someone with Autism be more supportive if you haven’t been.

Use Pinterest to Get Exposure

Everyone is talking about Pinterest.

It’s the hottest thing since sliced bread and it’s time for you to get in on the action and learn how to PROPERLY use it for your business/blog.

You see, it’s not just about using Pinterest, it’s about using Pinterest correctly with the right strategies to get big results fast. (more…)

How to Win A Vitamix

#VitamixIf you have been following my journey to a healthier me you know I have been drinking lots of Green Smoothies.  I do lots of blending on a daily basis, sometimes twice a day, and have looked up lots of product reviews and information. In my search I found out about a great Giveaway for the Vitamix! (more…)

Siblings

D#siblings #familylove #family #sisters #familylifeo you have  siblings?  Well I have 4 of them. 3 sisters and a brother, who is the youngest. Me, being the oldest, have the upper hand of knowing all of their personalities and I know about all of their mishaps as small ones lol.  So this is a reminder to them; do not make me mad enough to release all the goods on y’all.  I was the only child for seven years, and I was happy when I found out my mom was having a baby, but when that baby got big enough to mess with my belongings all that changed. 

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