Welcome to Therapeutic Thursday.
Alzheimer’s care is challenging. It takes a toll on everyone involved. For this reason, caregivers should insist on “me time”. This helps us handle the stress of being a primary caregiver. Most caregivers, especially male caregivers, like the idea of “me time”, they just don’t know how to go about it. In some cases the caregiver may feel guilty about leaving their loved one or in other instances they simply do not have someone to continue care while they take time for themselves.
So I’m here today to give you a few ideas on how to take “me time”.
The first thing you want to do is set up a place of your own in the house. It could be a spare bedroom, office and or even just a corner of your bedroom.
You can think of this like a “man cave”. Fill this area with things that you, the male caregiver, love. Things such as pictures, music that you enjoy, your favorite movie posters, sport memorabilia and a comfy chair or recliner. Take time throughout the day to just spend time alone. It could be 5 or 10 minutes but it is important to relax and get away from the stress and challenges of caregiving.
Do some deep breathing. Stretch. Take a quick power nap. Watch your favorite television show. These are all things you can do to escape from your normal day and refresh. It will ultimately make you a better caregiver to your loved one.
Don’t hesitate to take your “me time”. It is important to your health as the primary caregiver. You will feel better being surrounded by the things that you love and make you happy. Allow your mind to clear out all of the clutter. Really try to take advantage of the peace and quiet. When it’s time to get back to caring for your loved one, you will feel refreshed and revived. You can greet them with a smile, which is something I’m sure they’ll treasure.
This has been Therapeutic Thursday brought to you by the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center. For more information call us at 561-588-4545 or visit us online at www.AlzheimersCareResourceCenter.org. Have a great day!