Self-care tips for Care Professionals

As ‘Carers’, we understand that caring for someone and putting their needs first is a part of your nature. People often mistake disregarding their own needs as what is needed to care for someone else, which can often lead to depriving their well-being.

Here are some ‘Self-care’ tips for caregivers on how to best support your well-being.

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Exercise and move your body frequently

Exercise is a great way to keep your mind engaged. It helps to promote better sleep and reduce depression. If finding time for exercise is a problem, try and incorporate it into your daily activity.

On the days you are not working, try classes at the gym such as yoga. Yoga incorporates slow movements and deep breathing. This can increase blood flow and warm up muscles helping you stay relaxed for longer. If this feels too much out of your comfort zone, why not try and incorporate walking for 20 minutes a day. Start around the block, and gradually increase the laps once you get more confident. You could even bring a client with you and combine it into your visits! Exercise while working!

Take regular breaks when you can

Downtime for yourself is vital for you to be able to keep up the mental and physical energy that it takes to be a caregiver professionally. Have a break and give yourself some time when you can. Don’t burn yourself out. A break could involve doing absolutely nothing or having a self-care day that involves the activities you enjoy.

If you have a gap between clients, take some time to fit in time to look after yourself. This could even be having a pit stop at a coffee shop to unwind or taking a seat at the local park.

Get a good amount of sleep

During the night, sleep helps you restore your memories and any new learning allowing your body to heal during the night. A good night's sleep can help improve your learning, memory, decision-making, and even your creativity.

To get a good night’s sleep, it is worth encouraging a sleep schedule. If you can, set aside 8 hours for sleep. Being consistent with this will reinforce your body's sleep-wake cycle and will allow you to feel more refreshed in the morning. If you struggle to fall asleep easily, Relaxation techniques before bed can also help, including hot baths and relaxing music right before sleep.

Stay hydrated

It’s important to keep drinking water and stay hydrated throughout the day. Keeping hydrated will help you have a clear mind. Water helps you perform at your best, as a Care professional, you are always on the move! If you are dehydrated, then any physical activity becomes more difficult to perform. On average it is recommended to drink up to 2 litres of water a day, to restore your body’s energy balance.

To incorporate staying hydrated throughout the day, always keep a water bottle with you. To drink the recommended daily amount, buy a water bottle that holds up to 2 litres to keep a track of how much you are drinking!

Utilise our Care Professional support team

Always remember to stay socially connected. Allow your personal life to still bloom and have a break where you can. Utilise our Home Instead Luton Staff when you need to. We have our very own Care professional support coordinator who is there for you to talk to if you need more support. A problem shared is a problem solved!

Taking care of yourself is a necessity. In this industry, it is extremely important to keep that balance, when your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too!