Caregivers often take responsibility for children and parents. The emotional and physical stress of long-term care can be overwhelming. It is important to set boundaries and plan in advance to prioritize your own wellbeing, as well as dependents.
Focus on Your Own Wellbeing
To take care of others and function optimally, you must take care of yourself first. Set aside time to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly with small, achievable goals. Try preparing healthy meals for work and home to limit fast food dining. The infamous “me time” is not selfish but crucial for your wellbeing. Schedule in time to read, relax and pamper yourself.
Plan in Advance
Have an open conversation with family to plan for the future. This avoids feelings of guilt, being a burden or potential conflict. Think about options for long-term care with elderly parents and keep communication open by continually sharing plans for the inevitable “what-ifs”.
Also consider asking friends experiencing long-term care situations and their approach to the future. This will help develop a plan and review options, such as long-term care insurance.
Use communication and organization skills to balance personal responsibilities of care and professional life. Be realistic about the time you can give and delegate tasks amongst family members or professional help. So your home life will feel more manageable and organized.
Balance can be achieved by setting boundaries at work and home. Know when to outsource tasks and ask for help from friends, family or co-workers.
Consider outsourcing care or delegating responsibilities between family members. Many families take on all the responsibility, often given to one person. There are many alternative options, consider flexible working, leave or caregiving services. Outsourcing caregivers or taking unpaid leave adds financial considerations but researching schemes available to you will help long term.
Follow these helpful tips to reduce the ongoing stress often experienced by sole caregivers. For further information please visit the CareGiver website for more details.