What Are the Best Ways to Make Sure You Get Time for Yourself as a Family Caregiver?
SENIOR CARE IN MINNEAPOLIS MN
Do you feel like you never have any time for yourself? Chances are that some simple changes can make a world of difference for you and get you all the quiet time you could need.
Schedule it In
When you look at what you want to do and what you have to do, what is the difference between the things you actually do and the things that don’t get done? If you’re like most people, it’s that you assigned a specific date and time to the activity, therefore putting it in your schedule. Do the same with time for yourself and it’ll get done.
Start Turning Down Activities that Don’t Work for You
You can’t do everything, much as you might sometimes want to. So at some point, you have to start saying no to some things. Be realistic with yourself about what you can actually do and let people know that you just don’t have the extra time to devote to that project or activity.
Carve out a “Hiding” Spot Just for You
Do you have a spot at home that is just for you? Maybe it’s a home office, a den, or a cozy chair in the corner of your bedroom. Regardless of where your special hiding spot is, it’s a place for you to go to take a few moments just for you. If you don’t have one, make one for yourself.
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
Delegating tasks can be one of the most difficult skills for family caregivers to master. The problem is that you’re used to just doing everything yourself, which runs you down. Start looking for people who can take some of the load for you. These can be other family members, kids, spouses, and even senior care providers. Freeing up your task list helps you to have time to give back to yourself.
Technology is fantastic because it puts communication and information at your literal fingertips. It’s also a potential time suck and people who need or want your attention can access you instantly. That’s why it’s important to take a break for at least a few minutes every day from technology, also known as unplugging.
As you start to give yourself more time, you’ll begin to see other ways to keep giving yourself time.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Minneapolis, MN, and the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at CareBuilders at Home Minnesota. Call today 612-260-2273.