Who’s Taking Care Of You During The Pandemic?
It’s been over six weeks since many of us have had some normalcy in our lives. No matter your age, we have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Considering the circumstances surrounding our daily lives, it remains alarming that the caregivers and professionals who provide daily care are themselves suffering from want of self care during the pandemic.
Many of us have so many responsibilities now that elderly loved ones are home, and are taking on the daily task of caring for them that we need to take care of our bodies and our minds. We have had to practice social isolation and the stress level can be quite high on your emotional health.
Dealing with the elderly on a daily basis, we can only stress the importance of self care. Both older caregivers and younger caregivers will need to practice preventive health care and self-care behavior.
Yes, its a lot to have on your plate right now but you, the caregiver ultimately needs to take care of yourself first. It’s like the saying goes, “Who’s going to take care of you when the day is done”.
You mental health is foremost. Take a step back and follow these simple tips:
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help – there are resources and hotlines that serve as support tools for you. For those with existing mental health conditions, it’s crucial to engage in video chats and taking some time to step outside and breathe some fresh air.
- Switch up some of your habits – do fun things with your family that you never have the time for. Plant a garden and tend to plants. Build a birdhouse and get creative painting it.
- Cut yourself some slack – you don’t have to have a structured daily schedule. It’s already overwhelming with the daily anxiety-inducing news. If you find your self deciding whether to bake a cake or just curl up with a good book, you’re not alone. If you feel you’re being pulled in different directions and focusing is a struggle, it’s completely understandable. Do what makes you happy right now.
- Take care of your body.
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Add exercise to your daily schedule.
- Introduce meditation to your day. Take deep breaths and lots of stretching.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol.
- Isolate but adapt – Can’t go to visit a friend or loved one right now? Technology is being used to keep relationships together as social distancing becomes a new norm.
- Schedule a group chat or video call.
- Ask loved ones to help brainstorm activities that can be enjoyed together.
- Have a virtual coffee social session with friends.
The world is going through a breakdown of routines right now, but remember, “We’re all in this together. We are all experiencing some form of anxiety and disorder, and it’s okay to feel bad.”
This is not the time to be hard on yourself. No one is performing at their optimum right now. Maybe you’re not as productive as you’d like to be, but, doing what’s important right now is what matters most.
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