Self-Care Tips for Seniors and Caregivers

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Self-Care Tips for Seniors

The importance of self-care does not diminish as you age. It is always crucial to be intentional in looking out for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being before you transmit the good feelings to others!

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Nourish yourself with healthy food

A healthy diet can go a long way in lowering the risks of chronic diseases by providing your body with nutrients.


Make time for fitness

When you are physically active, your body releases endorphins which leave you feeling happy. Spending time outdoors and enjoying nature also lifts your spirits and helps you sleep better.

 

Get plenty of sleep

Aim for about 8 hours of sleep every night to recharge your mind and body.


Practise deep breathing

 


Enjoy your favourite hobbies

Taking up hobbies can be enriching and gives you a sense of purpose.


Socialise 

Spend time with your loved ones over a meal, or organize a weekly phone call. You’d be surprised at how much you can give as well as benefit from staying connected!


Start a gratitude journal

Be thankful for the good and the bad. When you take time to appreciate the little blessings in life, you tend to become more optimistic and this in turn helps you to have more positive emotions. 

 

 

Self-Care Tips for Caregivers

Caregiving is not easy. When left unchecked, the combination of loss, prolonged stress and physical demands leaves you susceptible to various physical and mental health problems. Whenever you hesitate to look after yourself, ask yourself the following question:

“What good will I be to the person I care for if I become ill?”


Prioritize your health

Give yourself time to eat, sleep and relax. Make the conscious effort to exercise regularly.

 

Be kind to yourself

Instead of engaging in negative self-talk, try to focus on what you can provide. Realize that you are doing the best you can, and let go of guilt. Personal barriers that can cause unnecessary anxiety, hence it is crucial to recognise the things that are beyond your control.

 

Know your limits

Avoid overexerting yourself. Make realistic goals and break them down into smaller action steps. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, especially when you begin to feel overwhelmed. Reaching out for help when you need it is a sign of personal strength!

 

Have a support system

Connect with other caregivers and share resources. Engage your family members and learn to accept help from others. It is important for you to share your feelings and struggles with someone you trust, as this will help to lighten your load.

 

Practise mindfulness

Be self-aware and relax your mind. Journal your emotions, and identify sources of stress.

 

Plan breaks

Take time off to pamper yourself and do things you enjoy once in a while.

 

Find products that make your life easier and use them

Wireless SOS Alarm Pager               Vermeiren Normandie Geriatric Chair

                  

Remember - you are responsible for your own self-care :)

 

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