Monday Mojo for Caregivers – The Happy Caregiver – 10 Habits of a Happy Caregiver
These days, it seems almost natural for a caregiver to put their loved one’s comfort and happiness above their own. But in reality, both are equally important.
Here are the 10 habits of a happy caregiver:
- Nurture your mind and body
Caregivers must replenish and renew themselves physically and mentally to avoid burnout.
- Keep an eye on your health
If the caregiver becomes sick, who will take care of the person in need?
- Find support
It’s healthy to vent your feelings to friends, a family member or a support group so find time to do so.
- Eat healthy
A nutritious, balanced diet keeps energy levels up and health risks at bay.
Staying physically active helps reduce stress and it naturally improves your mood.
Meditation, yoga and deep breathing are just some ways to help a caregiver slow down and put things into perspective.
- Set personal goals
Caregivers should write down personal goals that remind them of what they want to achieve outside of their job.
- Keep a journal
Writing down frustrations and feelings is a great way to let them go and move on with life.
- Be grateful
At times, caregiving is stressful but be grateful for the opportunity to make someone’s life better and more enjoyable.
- Take a day off
Happy caregivers understand the importance of taking time off to renew and to care for themselves to avoid burnout.
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