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Self-Care Tips for Professional Caregivers

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If you’re a professional caregiver, you probably find your career to be demanding but incredibly rewarding. We understand that caregiving requires a certain level of dedication and how it can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Unfortunately, many caregivers are prone to burnout, which can take the form of illness, depression, anxiety, and fatigue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 50% of caregivers indicate that declining health problems compromise their ability to provide high-quality care.

The importance of self-care cannot be overstated, especially for those in the health care industry who want to continue serving the senior community. While your focus might be the patients in your care, it’s equally as important to prioritize self-care. To help maintain your well-being, follow the self-care tips below.

Self-Care Activities

Make a list of some activities that help you feel better and recharge after a long, stressful day. Be sure to take the time to enjoy at least one of these self-care activities each day. If you need some ideas, try out the following:

  • Take a relaxing aromatherapy bath or a long warm shower.
  • Call a friend or family member that you enjoy speaking with.
  • Watch your favorite show or read a book alone in peace.
  • Take a walk, exercise, or stretch.
  • Play with your pets.
  • Meditate alone or pray. 
  • Drink a cup of tea while sitting on your porch.
  • Write in a journal
  • If you like to cook, try a new healthy recipe.
  • Go to bed early and get extra rest.

Have Self-Compassion

Caregivers are accustomed to having compassion for others, but they also need to have kindness and compassion towards themselves to maintain a healthy mindset. Rather than striving to be perfect, it’s important to realize that mistakes are an opportunity for growth and improvement. You can also try focusing on self-talk phrases or affirmations that give an extra boost of positivity to get you through tough days.

Restful Sleep

To set yourself up for success, it is important to get enough sleep. A good night’s rest will allow you the energy and focus necessary for your day. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep every night. If you have trouble sleeping, there are steps to help you achieve better quality sleep. These might include shutting off your phone and TV an hour before bed, meditation, or deep breathing techniques. Set up your room so that it’s cool, dark, and quiet to help promote a night of deep and restful sleep.

Express Your Needs

It can be hard for others around you to know when something is wrong if you don’t express how you feel. Keeping things bottled up only leads to more stress over time. If you just need to vent after a long day, allow yourself the opportunity to speak to a trusted friend or family member. It can also be helpful to join a caregiver support group to talk to other home care professionals who can understand how you feel.

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Comfort Keepers is always looking for professional caregivers to join our team and help enrich the lives of seniors in Port Charlotte. If you’re looking for a new and rewarding career, apply for a caregiver job in Port Charlotte with Comfort Keepers today!