As much as you might find being a disability caregiver is rewarding, there will be times when looking after the disabled drains you and soon you are sinking under all the responsibility – causing burn out. This is the last thing your loved one wants and they would rather have you happy and stress-free. You have to take care of yourself so that you can give your loved one the care they deserve.
Here are a few brilliant ways you can cope while looking after the disabled.
- Get Help
Don’t try to be a Samaritan all the time. There is no shame in asking for help. Get another person in your family to take your loved one shopping. Or, you can ask that they make dinner now and again. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
- Don’t feel Guilty
It is normal to feel like you aren’t doing enough, or that you could/should’ve done more. Give yourself a break and be kind to yourself. Looking after the disabled isn’t a walk in the park and you can only do your best – no more. Just like anyone in the caregiving business, it is greatly beneficial to speak to a therapist and offload the stress you are feeling.
- Stay Active
Exercising gets the blood flowing and increases those much-needed endorphins aka “happy hormones”. You don’t need to become a hardcore gym enthusiast. Just a brisk walk around your neighborhood will make a world of difference.
- Socialize With Others
Hang out with your friends and family, and don’t feel bad about it. You also have a right to a life as a disability caregiver. Ask someone you can trust to watch your disabled loved one – so you can take a much-needed break and recharge.
- Let Your Hair Down
Whatever it is that brings you joy – do it. Put on some of your favorite music. Dance, laugh and bring out your inner child. Book yourself into a day spa. At the end of a hard day, run a bubble bath, light some candles and chill. Another good way to find your center and increase your wellbeing is with a few Yoga classes.
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