When you first start thinking about self-care as a caregiver, you might be complicating it far more than it needs to be. Take things down a few notches and see if some of these ideas help you to commit more regularly to giving yourself what you need when you need it.
Make Something You Enjoy
The act of creating something is incredibly beneficial. You might make art, either “formally” or far less so, or you might make music or something else. Whatever it means for you to create is something you need to indulge from time to time. Spend a few minutes coloring or cut bits of tissue paper to layer and make pictures with on a piece of poster board. Allow yourself to get creative, even if it feels like something, you’re not very good at right now.
Write in a Journal
You might not realize it, but keeping a journal is an excellent form of self-care. You’re able to let your feelings out on the page in a way that you might not be able to do with anyone else in your life. You don’t have to write in any specific format other than what you find appealing at the time. Keeping track of your day and your feelings keeps you in touch with what’s happening with you mentally and emotionally, even when things feel chaotic.
Check Your Health
If you haven’t been keeping up with your own health, you need to start doing so. Make an appointment with your own doctor and then make sure that you go. Pay attention to any significant health issues you’ve been battling for a while and make some changes now to promote better health for yourself.
Get a Massage
Getting a massage can hit all your targets for both relaxation and for health. Massage works knots out of your muscles, especially the ones that tend to hold stress, like your shoulders and back. But it also helps to improve your circulation and gives you other benefits. Regular massage can help you to sleep better and to move better in general as your muscles and joints unwind a bit.
A big part of being a caregiver often means knowing what to do to take care of other people but being more unsure what that looks like for you. Experiment a bit to find your balance of self-care. When you’re focusing on doing that, you’re at least making some progress toward creating a better situation for yourself.
Excerpt: Are you making self-care more complicated than it has to be?
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.