With the many things you have to do every day as a caregiver, it’s easy to see how your energy can get depleted over time. Just like a battery, no one can stay fully charged indefinitely; there comes a time when you feel drained and need to practice good self-care to recharge yourself.
We run out of energy because we’ve given a large portion of our physical and mental energy caring for someone else. But, when your cup is empty, you can’t pour yourself into someone else.
Are you feeling like you’re running on empty right now? If so, here are some steps you can take to revitalize yourself physically and mentally.
Recharge Yourself Physically
- Take a warm bath with Epsom salt
- Use an exfoliating scrub
- Eat more nutritious meals
- Schedule a nap into your day
- Stretch your muscles 5 minutes per day
- Exercise: move around for 20-30 minutes per day (like walking or biking)
- Relax with aromatherapy
- Get more sleep (seven to nine hours per night)
Recharge Yourself Mentally
- Make a list of your accomplishments
- Let go of past mistakes
- Do something fun
- Take breaks from things and people that bring you down
- Spend time with close friends and family
- Pray or meditate
- Avoid multitasking
- Take a break from technology
- Write in a journal
It’s understandable that as a caregiver, sometimes you’re going to hit the wall. Often, it’s because we’ve overextended ourselves, and we let simple, self-supportive actions like those listed above slip away.
The good news – you have the power to recharge yourself. Start today by taking one action from each category – physical and mental. It will lead you in the direction of more energy, happiness, and satisfaction.
Recharge Using Respite Care
Sometimes as a caregiver, to get your energy back and be recharged, you have to step away for a little while. It may be for four hours per day for a few weeks, or you just may need to take a block of time off, like an entire week.
New Wave Home Care offers respite care services in the Pasadena, CA area so you can take care of your own needs. Our professional caregivers will happily step in for as long as you need. Get the vital rest you need to be the best you can be for yourself and your loved one. Call us today at (626) 662-7768 for a free consultation. We’re here for you.