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Taking Care of Yourself

Ilya Vakhutinsky

April 26, 2020

cg-just-breatheDear Caregivers,


How are you feeling these days? No really, how are you?


Caregiving life in the midst of a global pandemic is hard work, and all of us are doing the best we can to juggle caring for our clients, our families, and our neighbors. It can feel downright impossible some days. 

 

Today, the CareSwitch team wanted to take time to check in with each of you and give you realistic ways you can take care of yourself right now. If you are like most caregivers, taking care of yourself is at the very bottom of your packed to-do list. However, you cannot stay healthy yourself and care for others if you aren’t taking small steps to nurture yourself first. 

 

Benefits of Caring for Yourself 

 

Did you know that caregivers are at a greater risk for depression, anxiety, and physical health conditions like heart disease? Further, caregivers can often suffer from caregiver burnout, or a combination of fatigue, irritability, and a decreased immune system that can lead to constant illness. 

 

The good news? You can avoid caregiver burnout and other health complications by decreasing the stress of the job and using healthy coping skills. 

 

When you commit to caring for yourself, you can: 
  • Feel less anxious or irritable 
  • Sleep better 
  • Improve your overall mood 
  • Boost your immune system (especially important now!) 
  • Feel physically better 

 

Starting Habits Today 

 

Caring for yourself doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money or book a full day at the spa (even though you couldn’t right now anyway). Instead, caring for yourself looks like small daily or weekly habits that slowly build over time. Here are just a few ideas: 

  • Go to sleep at the same time every day and wake up at the same time every day 
  • Take a nap when you need one, even if it is just for 15 minutes 
  • Drink lots of water 
  • Eat fruits and vegetables throughout the day 
  • Turn off the news and limit screen time if it makes you anxious or depressed 
  • Wash your hands 
  • Have a dance party in your kitchen 
  • Hug your kids or partner 
  • Take a walk around the neighborhood 
  • Drink your coffee outside in the peace and quiet 
  • Call a friend daily 
  • Limit your alcohol use 
  • Color or paint with your kids 
  • Tell someone if you are feeling stressed out or overwhelmed 

 

Your Challenge 

 

You are doing hard work right now, and you are needed now more than ever. We want to challenge you to pick one of the ideas above and incorporate it into your daily or weekly routine.  

 

Snap a photo and/or send us a note about what you are doing and why you are committing to caring for yourself so that we can cheer you on.

 

Stay safe, be well, and take good care of yourself, 

-Ilya

 

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