If you’ve ever found yourself playing the role of a caregiver, you know that the job comes with a lot of responsibility. Whether you care for a family member on a full-time basis or share the duties with a group of peers, caring for another human being can be extremely overwhelming. As a caregiver, it’s all too common to find yourself feeling overextended and emotionally spent. What’s worse, your physical health can also suffer as a result of the mental and spiritual strain. Instead of bottling your emotions and ignoring your own personal needs, it’s time to be proactive. It’s time to make a life altering New Year’s resolution.
Resolve to Put Yourself First This Year
If you’re a caregiver, commit to making this resolution for 2014: I will not neglect myself, sacrifice my own health or turn away a helping hand. While it may sound selfish to make a resolution that puts your own personal interests first, nothing could be further from the truth.
As a caregiver, you have to be willing to set aside time for your own life…especially while providing care for a senior loved one. It’s all about finding the right balance and establishing some healthy boundaries. As your loved one grows older and requires more detailed and time consuming levels of care, it can be easy to give up your own activities and family life in order to compensate. When a loved one is in need, caregivers are always the first ones to give up their own social lives. They are the first ones willing to quit a full-time job in order to care for a senior loved one around the clock. They’re also the ones who carry that unhealthy stress home with them at night.
You don’t have to shoulder the burden alone. If you have friends and family members who are willing to help out, take advantage of their offers. If you designate a block of time each day to take a break and do something enjoyable, you’ll:
- Be able to stay healthy (mentally and physically)
- Feel better about yourself
- Have a lot more energy and zest for life
- Be able to continue providing quality care for your senior loved one
Make a New Year’s resolution to put yourself first in 2014; your senior loved one will thank you for it.