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What Can You Do to Protect Your Own Health as a Family Caregiver?

By Erin Carll

If you're a family caregiver, you have to be concerned about not only your elderly loved one's health, but also your own. Finding ways to stay healthy allows you to protect both of you.

Don't Ignore Warning Signs

You know what the warning signs are, usually, for health conditions that you already know about. Ignoring those is likely to agitate your existing health issues. But what about the health conditions you don't know about? Those usually send you some warning signs, too, such as fatigue, pain, or unusual circumstances. The more alert you are to those signs, the more likely you'll be able to spot issues before they become a serious problem.

Do Activities You Enjoy

Amazingly enough, a key component of keeping yourself healthy is to engage in activities that you enjoy regularly. You aren't here to work yourself to death without ever having fun. The more you allow yourself to have those moments of fun, the more you'll benefit from them.

Choose Healthy Options More Often

It's one thing to decide to switch your way of eating completely, but it's another to actually stick with that new eating plan. If you're wanting to eat healthier, stop beating yourself up. Every meal, every snack, is a chance for you to make a choice. The more often you go with the healthier choice, the healthier your diet is overall. But don't give yourself a hard time when you choose to eat something less healthy. It's all a series of choices.

Move More than You Do

When you're busy, you really don't spend a lot of time and attention thinking about how often you're moving. You're more focused on what you're doing now and what you have to do next. Start taking a few minutes every day to move just a little more. Maybe you take a ten minute break to do a series of stretches. Maybe for lunch you and a friend take a walk. Moving just a little more can help you make the switch to gradually moving even more.

The better your own health is, the easier it will be for you to help your elderly loved one to manage her own health concerns.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregivers in Zelienople PA, please call the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (412) 201-0712.