November is a time of year where gratitude is expressed and many reflect on the past year, count blessings, help others in need, and enjoy time with family and friends. With National Caregivers month also being a big part of November, we’re reminded to honor and support family caregivers for stepping up and taking on the role to care for a loved one.
A stroke can happen to anyone at any time. For families of a loved one affected by stroke, it can be a challenging road ahead, as they are the most important source for long-term support during recovery and rehabilitation.
Being a family caregiver can be a 24-7 commitment, and is one of the toughest jobs around. As a caregiver, you not only take care of the patient, you must take care of yourself. Although your own needs may not be at the top of your mind, you are not able to provide great care if you are not feeling well. To avoid feeling burnt out, here are some tips to staying refreshed and healthy when you are feeling frustrated an uncertain.
- Pace Yourself. This is a big commitment, be sure to take the time to ask questions and learn how to give the best and proper care. Take it day by day.
- Take a break. Take at least 10-15 minutes out of each day and do something to clear your mind. This could be a walk around the block, riding your bike, playing a game, or even just having a cup of tea.
- Listen to your body. Be sure to eat well, drink water, exercise and get plenty of sleep to ensure your overall health.
- Teach your mind to think positive. It can often feel overwhelming when caring for someone. Stay connected to the outside world, pick up a new hobby, or even try some yoga. Keeping positive thoughts in your mind will go a long way for your mental health.
For more tips and information, visit our resources for caregivers page to help with better care for you and your loved one.