Caring for a family member or loved one is a physically and emotionally demanding job. When you’re in the thick of it, the concept of self-care may seem laughable. You’re so busy caring for your loved one – how could you possibly find time to take a bubble bath or meditate?
But self-care is important, especially for caregivers. And, as discussed on the Ebenezer blog, it can come in a lot of different forms. Sure, baths, yoga, and eating chocolate are wonderful ways to treat yourself. But self-care exists in the smaller things, too.
What is Self-Care?
At its most basic, self-care means caring for yourself. Because every person’s needs are different, self-care looks different for each person. It doesn’t have to be some expensive spa day, but can be as simple as going for walks in the morning, getting 8 hours of sleep each night, or meeting up with a close friend for coffee. Focus on the things that will make you feel more refreshed, calm and happy – no matter how simple they may seem.
Why is Self-Care Important for Caregivers?
For caregivers, taking care of yourself and your needs isn’t a luxury, but a basic necessity. If you’re not caring for your physical, mental and emotional health, you will get burnt out and exhausted. This could lead to lasting physical illness, not to mention mental health issues.
How Can Caregivers Find Time For Self-Care?
Certainly, time is a huge roadblock for caregivers. Finding even a few hours to prepare a healthy meal, exercise, run errands or visit the doctor can make a huge difference. The Martin Luther Campus adult day programs can provide that much-needed buffer. With flexible scheduling options, including part-time, half-day or drop-in hours, we can work with your schedule and budget to give you valuable time for self-care.
Reach Out for Help
If caregiving has become more than you can physically or emotionally handle, get in touch. From assisted living to adult day care, Martin Luther Campus has a variety of programs that can take some of the caregiving duties off your plate, while still providing the dedicated care your loved one needs.
Martin Luther Care Center is part of the Ebenezer family of Senior Care Communities. We provide transitional care, long term care, assisted living apartments, and memory care for seniors in Bloomington, Minnesota. We also have adult day programs for seniors living at home. We’re located at 1401 East 100th St., in Bloomington, MN.
Are you or a loved one interested in learning more about assisted living care? Call Amy at 952-885-8882 or more information and to schedule a tour today.
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