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8 Self-care Techniques You Can Start Using Right Now

Home Health Care Captiva FL

Home Health Care Captiva FL

Many family caregivers are fantastic about caring for others, but have a harder time caring for themselves. Here are eight home health care strategies you can use to get better at self-care.

Get More Sleep

You’re probably not getting nearly enough sleep and that’s a fast way to stop taking care of yourself adequately. Try getting to bed even a few minutes earlier and see how much better you feel. If you have significant trouble sleeping, be sure to talk to your doctor.

Eat Right 

Skipping meals, eating processed foods, or simply reaching for junk food all undermines anything else you’re doing to keep yourself healthy. Start by adding one more serving per day of fruits and veggies and then gradually add more. Replace junky comfort food with healthier options and soon you’ll find yourself naturally reaching for foods that are better for you.

Exercise

Few people who don’t make exercise a regular part of their daily life actually enjoy exercise, so if you hate it, you’re not alone. There are easy ways to add just a little more exercise into every day, though. Start out by stretching in the morning and the evening. Then start taking walks after dinner. Before you tackle a full-on exercise routine, though, talk to your doctor and make sure that you’re healthy enough to exercise the way you want.

Establish a Social Network 

Having friends and loved ones who support you emotionally is essential for a family caregiver. You may not feel that you have time to keep your social relationships going, but you need them in order to remain healthy. Do what you can to keep in touch with the people that you love.

Pamper Yourself 

Every once in a while, do something just because you love to do it. Whether that means that you soak in a tub while you binge on your favorite streaming network or you take a book to the back yard for a bit, find a way to pamper yourself. You’ll feel refreshed afterward.

Work Your Brain 

Just like your muscles, your brain needs a good workout. Find brain games that you enjoy, whether that’s puzzles, games, or even reading mystery novels that have lots of twists and turns. Exercising your brain will pay off the next time you have a problem to solve.

Adjust Your Attitude 

You’ve probably heard before that the attitude with which you approach a situation can do a lot to make that experience either good or bad, and it’s true. If you’re feeling negatively about being a family caregiver, you’re probably not finding much to be positive about. Find healthy ways to adjust your attitude so that you and your loved one can have a better experience.

Address Your Emotions 

As a family caregiver, you’re going to experience every emotion there is and if you process those emotions in a healthy manner, they won’t get you down. If you bottle them up, though, you’ll wind up expressing them at some point that isn’t convenient and likely in a manner that isn’t very healthy for anyone involved. If you need professional help to do this, get it.

If you need to figure out when to add any of these self-care techniques to your day, work with your loved one’s home health care providers to carve out time that’s just for you. 

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Health Care Services in Captiva 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.

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