It’s easy to get caught up in various diet fads, exercise routines, and even meditation strategies to the point where this is the most important aspect of good living. However, rest and relaxation are also essential to healthy, positive lifestyles. For a family caregiver who is overwhelmed with stress, anxiety, and pressure on a daily basis, he or she is not likely going to be getting the rest and relaxation they need to stay healthy.
How is this even possible?
Most people see the value in getting enough rest and relaxation, but if they have an aging parent, spouse, or other loved one who needs them every single day, they can almost laugh at that idea. After all, with a full-time job, raising children, or having numerous other responsibilities throughout the day, there’s absolutely no way they could even think about sitting down for more than a few minutes at a time.
That’s where stress really begins to take hold.
The less time people feel they have to get things done, the more stressed and anxious they will become. They will reach the end of the day, stay up later and later just trying to get everything done, and eventually realize they aren’t sleeping well at night, or waking up the next day groggy, frustrated, and even more anxious, and are getting sick more frequently.
So, how is this possible?
Relying on home care support services in the form of a home care aide or even a series of caregivers through an agency is one of the best ways that busy, overwhelmed family caregiver can get a break.
Doctors recommend people get at least seven hours of sleep every night. Between 7 to 9 hours of sleep is ideal, and if somebody is only getting four or five hours of sleep, even though they feel okay throughout the day, they are not as healthy as they could be.
It’s also important to be able to clear one’s mind.
A bath, playing golf, or simply reading a book can all be wonderful activities for people to get the mental break they need from their busy, overwhelmed days. Hiring a home care aide for just a couple of hours a day could be just what this individual needs to find the rest and relaxation necessary to keep themselves healthy.
When a family caregiver is healthy, they will be a stronger and well-equipped caregiver for that loved one who relies on them.