August 1-7 is Simplify Your Life Week
Greg and Hilary Eldridge
Caregivers in Woodstock GA
For many family caregivers, being busy is the norm. With a long list of responsibilities and tasks each day and many family members counting on you, it is easy to fill up all of the hours of the day and even the late hours of the night. Unfortunately, staying very busy each day and not having much down time at all can lead to stress, sleep deprivation, anxiety, and even caregiver burnout. For this reason, many family caregivers may want to celebrate Simplify Your Life Week which takes place during the first week of August every year. This year, Simplify Your Life Week will take place on August 1-7. Simplify You Life Week is a great time for family caregivers to think about ways they can simplify their life to make room for more relaxing time, sleep, healthy activities, and hobbies. If you don’t know where to start, read on for some helpful tips.
Overwhelmed? Don’t Be Afraid to Get Help
If as a caregiver you are feeling overwhelmed, it is an excellent idea to seek out some help. If your list of tasks and responsibilities has left you with no time for yourself, it can be very unhealthy for you as a caregiver and this can lead to burnout. If you find yourself in this situation, it can be beneficial to seek help from siblings or other family members, neighbors, and friends. There may be many people that you know who are willing to help in some way. If you don’t have anyone that you know personally that can help out, it is an great idea to call a home care agency. Home care aids can visit your loved one at scheduled times to help out with tasks such as bathing, light housework, preparing meals, or errands which can take some pressure off of you.
Saying “No” is Ok
For many people, saying “no” is difficult. Unfortunately, too many “yeses” can add up fast and eat up all of your spare time. To simplify your life, vow to not commit to too many things and certainly don’t commit to things you truly have no interest in.
Have a “Closing Time”
Most stores and businesses close for the night and you should, too. Avoid staying up late to do chores or other tasks as this can lead to poor sleep and even sleep deprivation. Instead, set a “closing time” for yourself and then be sure to stick to it.
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