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Simple Ways Caregivers Can Live a Healthier Life

Caregiver Cape Coral FL

Caregiver Cape Coral FL

When caregiving, many times your focus is on your loved one’s health.  While that is certainly very important, it can often lead to ignoring your own health needs.  However, in order to be a great caregiver, it is important for you to stay healthy, too.  Caregivers who have busy, hectic schedules and a long list of responsibilities may believe that there simply isn’t enough time in a day for them to do all they need to do to live a healthier life.  However, there are many very simple life changes that you can make to become healthier and even feel more energized and positive.

Here is a list of just a few of them: 

  • Drink Plenty of Water 

Dehydration can lead to headaches, muscle pain, fatigue/tiredness, and even lack of energy.  Many people tend to forget to drink enough water during the day which can lead to dehydration and its unpleasant effects.  To feel better and more energized each day, simply commit to drinking enough water.  Take a water bottle with you wherever you go and drink to thirst.  If plain water becomes boring to you, try adding in some sparkling water or toss some sliced lemons or cucumbers into your glass of water.

  • Avoid Harmful Substances 

Frequent use of substances such as alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, and even excessive sugar can have negative effects on health and they can leave you feeling sluggish.  Try cutting back on the substances that you believe have a negative effect on your body and attitude and replace them with healthier habits.

  • Exercise 

Several studies throughout the years have proven that exercise is important for a healthy body and a healthy mind.  Even if you don’t have endless hours to dedicate to working out, it is a great idea to include an exercise routine in your week even if it is just 30 minutes three times a week.  Try walking, cycling, swimming, dancing, aerobics, or any other physical activity that you enjoy.

  • Get Good Rest 

If you are not getting adequate sleep, you may end up feeling drowsy throughout the day. In order to feel energized and refreshed during the day, try getting more sleep by pushing back your bedtime.  If sleeping well is a struggle for you even if you go to bed earlier, consider talking to a doctor about ways you can get a great night’s sleep more consistently.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services in Cape Coral FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065 .

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.