For the Caregiver: Sometimes You Need To Recharge
Last updated: April 2023
We all know that when someone we love has cancer, it’s going to be tough on them. Most of the time, family members will chip in and help where they can, but many times the care will fall on one or two of the people. This is because they are the closest in proximity, have the most time, or many other reasons.
The thing is, when someone in the family has cancer, it affects everyone, especially the main caregiver(s). Sometimes you need a break so you can regroup and recharge. This moment to yourself will help you to feel re-energized and to be a better caregiver. You can only give what you have so you need to be at your best. Below are a few tips that may help you to re-charge and have a bit of time for you.
Leaving the house for short periods of time
If you are in the house a lot caring for your loved one, getting out in the sun may help to rejuvenate you. The sun and fresh air seem to have magical powers. Try to get out at least once a day, and if your loved one is up to it, go out a second time with them. Getting out of the house will make you both feel better.
Playing a game or doing a puzzle
Sometimes you may just need to take your mind off the situation. Find a game on your phone to play, put together a puzzle, color in a coloring book or just read one. Find something to focus on so you can take a short brain break. It will help.
Find time to exercise, meditate, journal, do yoga
Exercise is a wonderful stress reliever. Try to find time daily to move your body. Walking is great for so many reasons, but all exercise will give you some time to yourself, you will be taking care of you, and you will feel happy you took the time. You can even exercise with your loved one if you're both up for the company and they are up to it physically.
Make a call
Phone a friend. Just talking to someone different may brighten your day. If you have a friend with a positive outlook on life, that may be best. Sometimes a new set of ears may be just the thing you need to brighten your day.
Listen to music even if it’s while you’re working
Music also seems to have energizing powers. It can help to relax you, rejuvenate you, and even motivate you. Instead of having the TV on all day, turn on the radio. It may be the thing to help you and your loved one feel better.
The job of a caregiver is not a job anyone wants. You only want your family and friends to be well. Unfortunately, we are sometimes put in that situation. The key is doing what you can for them, while making sure you care for yourself. They need you, and you need to be at your best to help them. Be sure to take care of both of you.
Wishing you health & happiness.
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