Caregivers often put themselves last which can really take a toll on both their physical and mental health. Joan Lunden’s Camp Reveille had some great sessions on the importance of caregiver wellness and taking the time to nourish the caregiver’s soul, mind and body. Read about 5 activities that are caregiver favorites and can easily be done in the comfort of your own home.
One of the common challenges for caregivers is finding time to rest, relax and recharge. Taking the time to make caregiver wellness a priority, even for 30 minutes a day, can have a positive impact on your health, mind and spirit. The problem is that while many caregivers are aware that they need to make a change to take care of themselves; they don’t really know to do it. It’s really hard to break routine.
Taking some cues from Joan Lunden and Gail Migliozzi — featured health and wellness coach at Camp Reveille — here are 5 stress-relieving caregiver wellness activities to consider (and keep in mind that each of these activities can be done either through an instructor-led class in your neighborhood or by buying a book or DVD or borrowing one from your library!):
I have often heard that the definition of insanity is: “To change nothing and expect different results.” If you are a caregiver and are in need of some pampering – but don’t have time to spare – you need to get creative. Try some of the activities mentioned above or just take some time doing the things you love; whether it’s reading a book, joining a cooking class or just getting away to see a movie. Enlist family or friends to help you watch your loved one, and if no one is available, consider respite stay or adult day services to give yourself a break. After all, you and your loved one will be much better off if you can take the time to rejuvenate yourself and get that skip back in your step.
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Do you have stress relieving activities you can recommend? What caregiver wellness tips do you have to share with our readers? We welcome comments below.