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Four Tips for Keeping Your Self-care Plan up to Date

By Dr. Uchechi Wosu Isirimah – Owner | June 07, 2018

Elderly Care in Woodbridge VA: Four Senior Care Tips

 

 

Being a caregiver means that you’re taking care of someone else for the majority of your day, but you also have to take care of yourself. If you’re not managing your self-care plan properly, you’re not going to get the results from it that you want.

 

Assess What You’re Doing Now for Self-care

Take a few moments to look first at what you’re already doing for self-care. If you’re not actively doing anything for self-care, you’re likely doing something subconsciously to help you cope with life as a caregiver. Stop and think about what you’re using as coping mechanisms. Don’t judge your coping mechanisms just yet because what’s really important later on is whether they’re really working for you or not.

 

Eliminate What Isn’t Working for You

Once you know at least a little bit of what you’re doing now to cope with life, take a look at what isn’t working. For instance, maybe a drink at the end of the day helped you to get to sleep a little faster. But lately, you’ve started drinking a second alcoholic beverage to get the same results. That’s not a good habit to accelerate and it’s likely not working as well as you think it is.

 

Anticipate Some Obstacles to Self-care

Next, you need to start considering what some obstacles might get in your way when you’re trying to take care of yourself. For instance, your senior’s needs may not leave you much time to practice self-care. If you’re on the go from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep, you’re far less likely to take the time you need just for yourself.

 

Figure out Ways Around those Obstacles

Now that you know what some obstacles might be, you need to figure out a solution for working around those obstacles. With the example of no time for yourself, hiring home care providers to take over while you do something just for yourself could be exactly what you need. Even if you don’t think there’s a solution, you might find that you just need to approach the situation with a little more creativity.

A working self-care plan can help you to maintain your sanity and remain a caregiver far longer than you might have thought possible. It’s crucial to have a self-care plan that works for your situation. Take just a few moments to think through these few steps.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elderly Care in Woodbridge, VA, please contact the caring staff at BrightHope Home Care and Senior Care today. Call us at 703-595-2878  ~ We serve all of Northern VA.

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