Family caregivers work tirelessly to give their loved ones a better quality of life. August is Wellness Month, and it’s a great time to remind caregivers to take a step back and think about their own wellness. Too many caregivers put themselves last, and this is especially true as we all add in new Covid-19 safety procedures, which can be physically and mentally exhausting. Remember that you can only be fully present for your loved one when you’re taking proper care of yourself.

Here are some ways that caregivers can focus on themselves this August. Most of these tips involve developing new routines that you can carry forward all year. 

Self-Care at the Start of the Day

Some people jump out of bed, have a quick shower, and head to work, sometimes without even eating! While it may seem convenient to sleep in later, not taking time to focus on yourself in the morning can contribute to burnout. While you’re still fresh from sleep, use your mornings to treat yourself. Here are some ideas:

Self-Care During Breaks 

Whether you’re at work or at home, breaks are important. Here are a few things you can do to focus on recharging your batteries during your breaks:

Re-connect with Others, Safely 

Valiantly, many caregivers have limited their access to their friends with the goal of protecting the seniors they care for from Covid-19. However, we’re a social species. Humans are not meant to go six months without face-to-face contact with each other. Being so secluded can be more detrimental to your health than you expect, especially for caregivers who rely on those friends for much needed emotional support. 

Consider taking some time during Wellness Month to connect with friends in-person, safely. Visits outside, with face coverings and use of sanitizer are great ways to limit the chances of contracting Covid-19. Here are some ways to do so:

Be sure to follow health directives and care for yourself by putting your wellness high on your priority list. Doing so will help you remain in good physical and mental health so that you’re better able to care for others in your life. 

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