When a person needs care for executing his or her daily activities and medicine intake, it is not surprising that the caregiver finds no time to fulfill even small needs. Everyone in the family remains focused on the person receiving the care. They end up thinking that a caregiver does not deserve to think about personal needs. However, this ignorance can play havoc on the caregiver’s physical and emotional health.
If you are a professional caregiver, you may have experienced this at some point in your career. Unfortunately, most caregivers often fail to realize that they are struggling and need help. Here are some telltale signs that will make things much clear for you.
Forgetting breakfast and water intake
Approximately two-thirds of your body is made up of water. So, when you don’t drink enough water, there can be countless health problems such as constipation, overly acidic stomach, dryness, sagging skin, and so on. Similarly, skipping breakfast daily because of feeling overwhelmed with caregiving tasks can be harmful to your health. It is best to go for quick and easy meals with fresh veggies or fruits. To remind yourself about drinking adequate water throughout the day, try setting hourly alarms.
Not having a sound sleep
Like others, caregivers also need a sound sleep of at least 7-8 hours daily, but they remain so much engrossed with their caregiving duties that they ultimately experience trouble in staying asleep. In such a case, avoiding consumption of tea or coffee may help. You can also try some yoga asanas or breathing exercises before bedtime to overcome the problem.
Finding no time for socializing
Many times, it may happen that you planned to meet a friend or family member. However, because of time constraints, it never materializes. Finding no time for socialization is a real problem for caregivers. If you are experiencing the same, try to understand that you are not alone. Invite your friend for dinner because anyway, you are going to have your food. Don’t over think about the mess in your home because he or she must be already aware of your priorities as a caregiver.
Last but not least, do not hesitate to seek help from your friends or loved ones in overcoming your problems as a caregiver. You can easily find plenty of resources to assist you in your care giving journey. If you feel things are becoming tough, it will be a wise idea to enroll yourself in a caregiver coaching program.