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Caregivers tend to continually give to others, but are we also giving to ourselves? I regularly find myself at the bottom of my own list. In order to teach my children to value themselves, I need to model self-care for them. We need to fill up our own cups before we can fill up the cups of those who depend on us. When you give to yourself, you will be better equipped to meet the needs of others. Here are 20 self-care ideas for caregivers.
Go for a walk
Set an alarm for a movement break every hour
Put yourself in a five-minute time out! Relax.
Go to bed earlier
Get up 10 minutes early and enjoy the quiet
Make your favorite cup of coffee or tea
Read one chapter of a book each night before bed
Use a planner
Find respite services in your community (or arrange a respite exchange with another family!)
Give yourself a mani/pedi
Take a bath
Ask for help
Watch your favorite TV show or movie
Engage in 5 minutes of deep breathing or meditation
Write in a journal
Reach out to a friend
Listen to your favorite music
Try a new yoga pose
Work on your craft project of choice (i.e. knitting, crochet, coloring, painting, etc.)
Caregivers are wonderful, loving, giving people! Remember that you are not being selfish by taking care of you. In fact, practicing self-care will allow you to be the best caregiver that you can be for your loved one. Take care of YOU, beautiful one!
Tell me – what is your favorite form of self-care? How do you carve out time for yourself each day (or week!)? Let us all know in the comments!