A Caregiver Checklist: Staying Healthy in the New Year

By January 30, 2015Healthy Aging

A caregiver has several responsibilities. They’re in charge of the well-being of another human being. Unfortunately, because of this, some caregivers find it hard to take care of their own well-being. However, it’s important to stay healthy and strong. The best thing you can do for your caree is to have strong mental and physical stamina. Here is a caregiver checklist in order to do just that!

Visit Your Doctor
The best advice is the advice given by your body. Don’t ignore the aches and pains or put off an ailment that has been bothering you for a couple of weeks. The worst thing that can happen is that little cold turning into pneumonia or that little ache in your back becoming a herniated disk in your vertebrae. These two things can put you out of commission for a very long time and that’s the last thing any caregiver wants.

That’s why it’s always best to visit your doctor. Sometimes that smallest of aches can become big health concerns. Caregivers have strong wills, so they can get through the toughest of scenarios, but it’s unnecessary. A doctor’s visit can eliminate any health concerns or provide you with the piece of mind knowing everything is alright. It’s also good to get check ups annually. A yearly doctor’s visit can keep you healthy and going strong for years to come!

Exercise is very beneficial for any caregiver. It keeps you in shape and works at relieving stress. It helps both the body and mind. It’s understandable if a caregiver cannot find the time to make it to the gym, especially if you just spent your entire day caring for someone else. Most people would want to curl up with a good book or relax for the remainder of the evening. However, even just a 30-minute walk can do the body good! Here is a list of helpful benefits:

  • Reduce risk of heart disease
  • Improve blood pressure
  • Maintain body weight
  • Improve mental well-being

As you can see, if you can find the time for a 30-minute walk everyday, your body will certainly thank you.

Get Sufficient Sleep
This is easier said than done. Every night, plenty of people get home and are determined to get a full night’s rest. Of course, there are plenty of distractions that can deter you from doing so. However, there are so many positives to a good night’s rest. It’s when your body heals itself from all the activities you did during the day. Also, sleep and stress work opposite of each other. The more sleep you get, the less stress you feel. Sleep, along with 30 minutes of exercise, can exponentially aid in your mental health.

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