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.