When you have time that you don’t know how to fill, you might find that it makes you a little uncomfortable. Busy caregivers get used to being super busy and having any time that isn’t filled with something gets awkward.
Here are some ideas…
Go to Your Own Doctor
When did you last go to your own doctor? Or have you been trying to figure out when you could see a therapist? With respite care help, you can make time for those important appointments. Your own health is crucial to this system working. You have to be taking care of yourself and if that’s not happening, you’re facing some problems sooner than you think.
Figure out a Meal Plan for Yourself
Along those same lines, if you haven’t taken a good look at what you’re eating lately, it’s time to do just that. Set aside some time once a week to work out a meal plan for yourself and to make sure you’re eating healthy foods that are going to keep you fueled.
Go Work Out
Exercise is a huge part of a solid stress-relief plan and it can be tremendous for you physically as well. So, consider joining a gym or finding a walking path that you love. Then, when you have some time, go work out. You might schedule your workouts for regular days and times or you might go when the mood strikes you. But when elderly care providers are with your family member, you know you’ve got time.
Reach out to a Friend
Relationships are difficult to maintain when you’re a caregiver. Sometimes you’ll have to back out of important events or you might ghost your closest friends for weeks at a time. You can use respite time as a way to renew those relationships, though. Either reach out via phone or text or take the time to sit down and write a handwritten note. Whatever you choose, you’ll have the space to devote to the relationship.
Just Take a Break
As much as you might need or want to do, though, keep in mind that you don’t have to do anything at all. Sometimes you might need to just do nothing much at all and that’s okay. You don’t have to schedule every single minute of every day.
Even if you don’t have a plan for your respite time, that doesn’t mean that you’re not able to take advantage of it. Leave the elderly care providers with your senior and do what you most need or want to do right then. Don’t deny yourself some time away just because you don’t know what to do.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care in San Ramon, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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