As much time as you spend caring for others, it’s important to take the time to prioritize yourself this holiday season to avoid caregiver burnout.
Here at Avanlee Care, our passion is simplifying caregiving for you and your loved ones and helping you stress less. Here are five of our best tips and tricks to prevent caregiver burnout this winter.
Don’t Try to Do Everything Yourself
As a caregiver, you have a lot on your plate, and it’s ok to ask for help, we promise. Find a respite care programs for caregivers to give you anywhere from a day to a week off from your caregiving responsibilities to rest and recharge.
Asking for help can also be as simple as asking a friend to run errands with you and your loved one, so you have an extra set of hands when you’re out and about. Spreading out your workload between others can help take some of the burden off your shoulders, and help you catch your breath.
Practice Caregiver Self-Care
If you don’t take care of yourself first, you can’t take care of others. Avoid burnout by taking an afternoon off to have coffee with a friend, get a massage, visit the chiropractor, or treat yourself to something you’ve been wanting to get but haven’t. Self-care is a necessary step to avoiding caregiver burnout, and it should be an important part of your weekly routine.
Stay Physically Active
If you can, go for a quick 20-minute walk with your loved one (or by yourself for some great self-care) to refresh your mind and provide some great stress relief. Here are some quick workouts we’ve been loving that you can even include your loved ones in!
Exercise and activity are critical to avoiding caregiver burnout, and even 10 minutes can make a difference in your overall mental health.
Communicate With Your Caregiving Team
Setting boundaries can be challenging with caregiving, but if you communicate with your family and other caregivers and set boundaries and expectations, you can help mitigate holiday stress.
Encourage your family to use the Avanlee app to set caregiving schedules, stay on top of appointments, medications, and events, and communicate when you feel like you’re taking on too much.
Celebrate Small Wins as a Caregiver
Did you get through a particularly rough doctor’s appointment? Finish a mountain of dishes or laundry? Heck, it could even just be as simple as ticking an item off of your to-do list. You do a lot as a caregiver, and that needs to be celebrated. It can be easy to get lost in the mundane of the day-to-day and forget to focus on the positives.
Celebrating wins can be as simple as identifying the best and worst part of your day in a text to a friend or loved one. Or you might journal through positive and negative feelings you experienced during the day. Celebrating the small wins can help you avoid caregiver burnout and ultimately can help you enjoy your day-to-day life more.
After the holidays slow down, the winter doldrums can kick in, and it’s important to take time for yourself to avoid caregiver burnout. Our best tip for avoiding caregiver burnout this holiday season is to take time for you.
Try the Avanlee app to reduce the stress that comes with caring for your loved one.