With the holidays fast approaching, caregivers have an amazing opportunity to rest, recharge, and invest time in themselves to come back ready to care for the ones they support. Taking care of your overall well-being is crucial in maintaining a strong balance between daily life and work, and we here at CareLinx want to encourage all caregivers to take time for themselves this year. Take a look below at some ways you can invest in yourself this year:
- Exercise - Exercise can easily help boost your physical, as well as your mental health, and making it a part of your daily routine can be really beneficial. According to Psychology Today, exercise can help boost your mood, reduce stress, and anxiety. Going out for a quick jog or hitting the gym, you can come back refreshed and ready to care.
- Schedule your own time - In the hustle and bustle of everyday tasks and meeting deadlines, we sometimes do not have time to take a step back and recharge. Investing in your own time is vital and blocking times out of the day dedicated to self-care is a great way to start. Whether it is 5 minutes or an hour, utilize this time to help you relax and make you happy. Meditating, going for a walk, or reading are great ways to utilize this time.
- Splurge - We all can agree 2020 has been a very different year for all of us. Through ups and downs, the amount of work and adjustment society had to abide by is something we have never seen before. It’s important to recognize that, and once in a while, do something that will make you happy. Splurging a bit can help bring you joy - maybe picking out a new book, the jacket you had your eye on for the past couple months, or maybe even a furry friend to keep you company at home. The possibilities are endless, but splurging every so often can help add a new sense of happiness in your life.
Incorporating self-care into your routine can instantly help you invest time in yourself, so you can better help yourself and others in the future. Being a caregiver sometimes can be very difficult, where you are faced with the possibilities of burnout and other key negatives factors. Taking that time for self-care allows you to rest, recharge, and come back stronger than ever and ready to care.