A stressful day can sap your energy. If you're having a particularly tiring day, you should take time to focus on yourself. It's time to re-energize and focus on yourself. Here are some of the ways to stop, take a breath, and re-energize before returning to help your mom and dad some more.
Vent Through Your Writing
Journal about your lows and highs. Write in a notebook or create an anonymous online blog. It can help to get out your frustrations regarding your parents' experiences with aging, the diseases they have, and the situations you've encountered while caring for them.
Engage In Your Favorite Hobby
Do you have a favorite hobby? Spend time each day enjoying it. If you haven't established a hobby, start trying them out. You might find that painting relaxes you. You may prefer the motions of kneading and shaping homemade bread.
Yoga is a good exercise. If you don't want to go to a studio for a class, go onto YouTube and follow along to a beginner's Yoga video.
Soak in a Bubble Bath
Fill up the tub with a relaxing smell like lavender or lilac. Soak for an hour or so. While you're soaking, you can close your eyes and relax or read a book. Just make sure that your mind is focused on relaxation and not what you should be doing.
Take a Walk
Go for a walk. Grab a phone just in case you need to reach someone or vice versa. Take the dog if you want company.
Play a Game
Consider playing a game on your computer. Find a game that appeals to you. You might want to fill the role of a detective and solve crimes. You might want a game that doesn't require too much thought like matching games or solitaire card games.
Some people find they relax best to flight simulator games. You might find a survival game appeals most. Sites like Epic Games give away games free every week. You can also find free games for your phone and demos on sites like Steam. You'll be able to play games without spending any money.
Lay Down for a Nap
A 30-minute nap might help you recharge. Even if you don't fall asleep, it's beneficial to just go lay down, close your eyes, and clear your mind. Set an alarm so that you will wake up if you do manage to go to sleep.
If you're going to spend your downtime worrying about what you should be helping your parents do, it's not productive. Hire caregivers to fill in for you while you take an hour or two to recharge. Caregivers can help with meals, cleaning, transportation, and dozens of other daily chores. Let them.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE IS CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN SMITHFIELD, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT SENIORS HELPING SENIORS TODAY. CALL (919) 761-5346.