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Make Sure to Take Care of You (Caregiver Facing)

BlueSprig May 13, 2019

Practicing Self Care as a Caregiver

Taking on the role of being a caregiver is a rewarding job. However, even the most resilient caregivers can become drained and overwhelmed if time is not put aside for their own emotional and physical health. During Autism Acceptance and Awareness month, BlueSprig wants to also acknowledge the passionate caregivers that help change the world for children with autism. Your work is hard and extremely important, and it is vital that you take time to work on your overall health. We have put together a few tips on how you, as a caregiver, can take steps toward taking care of yourself, so you can be at your best when it comes to being a caregiver.

Join Support Groups

Finding a support group could be very beneficial to taking care of yourself. Members of support groups may be able to provide advice and encouragement as they understand what you are going through. In addition to providing support, these groups can also serve as a good place to create meaningful friendships for yourself and your child.

Stay Active

Finding the time to exercise while being a caregiver may seem difficult, but there are many ways to add physical activities to your daily life. These activities could include walking, gardening, stretching, or having a small dance party with your loved ones! The benefits of exercise include improving sleep quality, reducing anxiety and depression, and increasing awareness and energy.

Take Time for Yourself

Taking time for yourself can help you understand where you are physically, mentally, and emotionally. As a caregiver, you want to make sure that you are doing things that meet your own needs, whether it’s watching your favorite show, visiting a friend or going to your favorite restaurant. This dedicated time will help you take care of yourself and can help prevent you from feeling drained and overwhelmed.

Maintain A Healthy Diet

The nutrients that you consume can affect your personal health. Eating a well-balanced diet and drinking plenty of water has several health benefits and can help boost your energy levels and keep your immune system healthy. One of our favorite ways to maintain a healthy diet is to eat at least one veggie with each meal-even if it’s a frozen bag!

Schedule Personal Medical Appointments

Put aside time to make sure that you are staying up to date with your personal medical appointments. To prevent health risks, stay current with health screenings and vaccinations as recommended by your doctor. As a caregiver, your health is very important, so make sure you speak with your doctor if you have any concerns.

Ask for Help

Asking for help in times of need is a sign of personal strength. You shouldn’t wait until you are overwhelmed and start to put your personal well-being to the side. By preparing a list of ways others can assist you, you will be more prepared to ask for help when necessary. You can reach out to friends, family and local community organizations for help and guidance.

Stay Positive

The last tip is to stay positive! Being a caregiver is a rewarding and fulfilling job. BlueSprig thanks each and every hardworking caregiver. We hope these recommendations will be of use when needed. Thank you for helping us change the world for children with autism!