TRIED AND TRUE TIPS FOR SELF-CARE

 

#1- REDUCING PERSONAL STRESS

Look out for early warning signs- irritability, sleep problems, & forgetfulness. Try to identify sources of stress and what you can or cannot change, and then take action.

#2- SETTING GOALS

Set personal goals you want to achieve with a certain time period (maybe the next 3 or 6 months). Work on it using the Goal & Action Method.

#3- SEEKING SOLUTIONS

Seeking solutions to difficult situations is a key part of the caregiving process. Try to identify the problem, list possible solutions, try out one of the solutions, evaluate results, use external resources, and then make a call accordingly.

#4- COMMUNICATING CONSTRUCTIVELY

Communicate in a manner that is clear, assertive, & constructive. This helps ensure you will be heard. Use ‘I’ rather than ‘YOU’. Respect the rights & feelings of others. Be a good listener.

#5- ASKING FOR & ACCEPTING HELP

Don’t underestimate the goodwill of others to help. Take the time to make a list of how others can help. Seek out community or professional resources, or ask friends & family.

#6- TALK TO A PHYSICIAN

Aside from household chores and personal care, around 37% of caregivers administer medication. Always ask a physician for advice and guidance when needed.

#7- REGULAR EXERCISE

A very important self-care aspect for anyone. It can benefit you in many ways- reduces stress, makes you happier, and helps reduce psychological tension.

#8- LEARN FROM YOUR EMOTIONS

It is an important skill to learn to control your emotions rather than letting them control you. Listen to your emotions as they are a guide to help us understand what is happening and help us take appropriate action.

 

SOURCE: GOVERNMENT OF CANADA