Thank You Family Caregivers

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Say thank you to the caregivers in your life

There are home health care professionals; however, if you look after, or care for, an elderly relative or a loved one with a medical condition, you’re a caregiver as well.

You should know that giving yourself to others physically, mentally, and spiritually can sometimes take a toll on your own personal health and wellbeing, especially if you’re doing this for a long period of time. That’s why it’s important to give yourself and the caregivers in your lives RESPITE, (Rest, Energize, Sleep, Programs that Help, Imagination, Take Five, and Exhale).

As a caregiver, you can experience a lot of stress and sometimes suffer from fatigue if not given the opportunity to care for yourself every once in a while. What you do is vital, but without personal wellness, you could be risking your own health in the process of trying to care for the health of a loved one. It’s important to find a way to balance everyone’s needs, including your own. Build habits to take care of yourself early-on such as:
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  • Eat right: Focus on good nutrition as opposed to stress-eating
  • Exercise: It may be difficult to find time for this, but it’s proven to help manage the symptoms of depression and will increase your endorphins
  • Sleep: 7-8 hours is the ideal amount you should be striving for each night

If you have  caretakers in your life, let them know how much they are appreciated by encouraging them to take some time for themselves. Watch a relaxing movie together, order in a meal, or encourage them to do something that is energizing. It’s important to remember, caregivers need to take a break for personal health.

If you or someone you know has prescription needs, you may benefit from a Watertree Health Prescription Discount Card.  All prescriptions and some devices are eligible for savings. To look up the drug savings with the card, visit Wtree.us/SavingsTool. To get a card, text CARD to 95577, or click here.
 
By WHBlogger 
11/29/2015 
Updated: 3/4/19

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