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Why Is it So Difficult for Caregivers to Pay Attention to Self-care?

Apr 6, 2018 by Nancy Hmieleski, RN, BSN Director of Nursing

Self-care is a big issue for a lot of caregivers. Understanding why it's so difficult can help you to stop feeling bad about not paying more attention to this crucial caregiver issue.

Time Is a Huge Issue

It is not an exaggeration at all to say that caregivers are busy from before the moment their feet touch the floor to the moment they finally fall asleep. Before you even get up, you're probably already thinking through your day and what has to be done. What you'll need to consider is how to best utilize the time that you have. 

Energy Is Another One

The physical, mental, and emotional energy that it takes to be a successful caregiver is truly massive. You're constantly on call and there are tons and tons of decisions to be made. Often it's just exhausting to think about even one more thing, even if that one thing is your own self-care.

Budgets Are Very Real

Caring for an aging adult can be incredibly expensive. Even with the help of insurance, there may be things your elderly family member needs that strain the budget. So the idea of spending money to go have a massage for example is possibly a frightening one. Not all self-care requires you to spend money, though. Evaluate what you're eating. Rearrange your sleep schedule a little bit. Look for ways to nurture yourself that aren't a budget-strainer.

So Are Interruptions

You're a caregiver because your elderly family member has needs. And unfortunately, those needs don't adhere to a schedule. It would be nice if that were the case, but you might not find that to be the case. This is often why caregivers get the advice to have elder care providers or other family members take over for them. That way you can reduce the likelihood of an interruption.

It's Just So Difficult

When you're focusing so much on someone else's needs, it's just so difficult to feel as if your needs are important at all. Changing your own perspective on your self-care can help you to do what you need to do in order to take care of yourself.

The bottom line is that while you need a self-care plan, it needs to be a realistic one for your situation as a caregiver. Lots of factors go into creating a self-care plan and it's far more than simply getting a massage once in a while.

If you or an elderly loved one are considering caregivers in Flemington, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.

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