Being a caregiver for a loved one can be a tiring, yet necessary, role to take on. We’ve compiled a list of tips for caregivers to hopefully make your life a little easier. These include helpful ways to manage your time, which will help you feel in control, reduce stress and meet your goals!
Define Your Role as a Caregiver
It can be hard to separate your role as a spouse, child, friend, etc. from your role as a caregiver. This is why knowing what you are responsible for as a caregiver ahead of time and readjusting as necessary is key to being successful and staying positive in this role.
If you are sharing the role of caregiver with someone, whether they are also a loved one or a paid professional, it is helpful to discuss expectations with them. It also helps ensure that important tasks do not slip through the cracks.
Knowing and addressing your limitations will help you be the best caregiver you can be and will help you feel confident in the caregiving you provide.
Plan Personal Time
We’re sure you hear this piece of advice a lot. But that’s because it’s so important to take the time to focus on your own well-being! The better off you are, the better off the people around you will be, as well.
Your personal time might look like exercising, journaling, meditating, napping or just enjoying dedicated peace and quiet from time to time. Give yourself some time to center yourself in whatever way best works for you. Doing so will also help manage caregiver burnout.
Prioritize and Reprioritize as Needed
We recommend planning ahead of time to minimize unexpected situations, but since you can’t plan for everything, reprioritize whenever you need to.
This might mean making lists with the understanding that the order of the items on that list could change! Keeping a list of current “must-do’s,” “would be good to do’s,” and “can waits” and continually making updates and moving items from one label to another is a good practice for caregivers.
We are often tempted to complete easier “can wait” tasks before more pressing ones, but the less you procrastinate on the bigger, more important tasks, the less stressed you will feel in the long run! So, we encourage you to try to procrastinate as little as possible, but if you need a little boost of encouragement, know that it’s okay to check off some of the minor tasks in order to feel productive.
Studies show that clutter causes stress. Spending a couple of minutes putting things away and organizing your space each day can have a positive impact on you and those around you!
The need to declutter also applies to your mind—we’ve heard that taking a brief walk each evening can help caregivers better handle the stress of their job.
We’d Love to Hear from You!
Which of these time-management tips for caregivers have worked for you, and what are some other ones you’d recommend that we add to this list? Let us know by commenting below!
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