Do You Need to Make Some Self-Care Changes?

If you’re like most family caregivers, taking care of yourself is something that you might not think about too often. Part of that is often because it feels time consuming to worry about yourself. But part of it is that you might feel selfish worrying about yourself. The reality is that self-care is a vital part of being a caregiver.

Senior Care in Comstock Park MI: Practicing Self-Care

Senior Care in Comstock Park MI: Practicing Self-Care

Stop Doing it All Alone.

One of the biggest mistakes that family caregivers make is that they think they can handle any and everything that comes their way. The problem is that you cannot possibly handle everything on your own. You’re going to need help, and the more knowledgeable your help is, the better for you. Enlist the help of experienced senior care providers and your entire perspective will shift.

Do Even a Little Bit of Exercise.

Exercise doesn’t sound all that fun to most people, but it’s amazing what getting your blood pumping can do for your body and your brain. Talk to your doctor about how much exercise is okay for you at your current health level. Then make it a point to include a little bit of exercise into every day.

Feed Your Soul.

What is it that feeds your soul? You might find that attending religious services is what you need. Or perhaps sitting in nature and appreciating it is what feeds your soul. Determine what it is that nourishes you the most and then make it a point to engage in that activity.

Take Time to Do Things You Enjoy.

You also need to remember what it is that you enjoy doing just because it’s fun. Maybe that means you tackle home improvement projects or that you do crafts in your spare time. Regardless of what it is, doing things that are fun for you to do is a vital part of taking care of yourself.

Reignite Your Social Life.

Even if you’re an introvert, you still need friends and family members to interact with now and again. If those relationships have fallen by the wayside as you’ve gotten deeper into your caregiving journey, it’s time to turn that around. Reach out to the people that you love and let them know how they can help you.

Take some time to look at where you could be doing better with your self-care plan. Once you know where you’re letting things fall through the cracks you can start to make better choices.

If you or someone you know needs help with senior care in Comstock Park, MI, contact Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.