As a family caregiver, you may have discovered that time is of the essence. You simply don’t have a lot of it anymore.
You may be dealing with a tremendous amount of stress.
Caregiver stress can affect people all over the world. In fact, out of the estimated 44 million family caregivers in the United States right now, the vast majority of them are probably dealing with some level of stress as a direct result of this job. It can affect every aspect of your life, including your career, relationships, exercise, diet, and so much more.
Are you eating healthy?
The busier you are, the more likely you’re grabbing fast food or reheating meals you had the previous night. You may even be resolved to heat up frozen dinners. While that may seem like an easy solution, if you are doing these things, you’re not eating healthy.
March is National Nutrition Month and it is absolutely essential for everyone to be getting the proper level of nutrients in their diet. This can include your vitamins and minerals but other nutrition as well.
Are you grabbing fast food more frequently?
When you’re rushing to work in the morning, swinging by your elderly loved one’s house to check in on them, what you do for breakfast? If you don’t take time to make a healthy meal at home, you might either skip it, grab a nutrition bar, or grab something at your local coffee shop. That’s not going to be healthy.
In the afternoon you might be working through your lunch break because you have to skip out a little early to go back over to your loved one’s house to check in on them, help them get settled for the evening, and do all that before you finally get home when you can finally crawl into bed at night. For those afternoon and evening meals, are you grabbing fast food again?
You just don’t have time.
This is one of the most significant excuses people make when they don’t eat healthy. “I just don’t have time.”
Maybe not, but if that’s really the reason you’re not taking care of yourself, it’s time to step back and realize there are other options. Sit down and talk with this other family member, the person who relies on you, and explain the challenges you are facing. Discuss the prospect of hiring a home care aide to help, even if it’s just for a couple of hours a day, maybe even just a few days a week.
That can give you the time you need to slow down and begin focusing on a healthy diet for yourself once again.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregiver services in Quarryville, PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller. Mary Lynne is a Google Verified Author
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