Happy New Year! It’s that time again when many caregivers develop New Year’s resolutions to help make the New Year even better then the last.
Often caregivers are so focused on caring for their loved one they forget to take care of themselves. Maybe this year you could focus your resolutions on creating a healthier life balance for yourself.
Here is a list of New Year’s resolutions for caregivers, which you might like to think about.
- Make time for yourself: Set aside 10 to 15 minutes a day to do something you enjoy such as reading a book or listening to music.
- Take care of your health: It’s important to look after your health and visit a doctor if you get sick.
- Get enough sleep: Make sure you get at least seven or eight hours sleep a night. This will help your body and mind to rejuvenate and function effectively.
- Gain local support: There are many local resources and support groups with can help you care for your loved one. Become aware of these resources and reach out to them if you need help.
- Maintain a life balance: Caring for your loved one can be a full time job; however making time to spend with your family and friends is still important. A better life balance will increase your happiness, wellbeing and your ability to effectively care for your loved one.
- Delegate: Create a list of all the activities you need to complete throughout the year and ask family, friends or support groups to help you complete them.
- Stay positive: During difficult times try to remain positive and know that you are making a difference to your loved one’s life.
The hardest part of New Year resolutions is putting them into action and sticking to them for the whole year.
One tip to help you achieve your resolutions is to ask your family, friends or loved one to complete them with you or to motivate you.