When was the last time you took care of yourself? If you’re helping your mom and dad out all of the time, you may be overlooking your own needs. You need a break and National Self-Care Awareness Month is a good time to learn how. Ask yourself these questions to start learning what you should be doing.
Are Your Meals as Healthy as They Should Be?
It’s easy to become so pressed for time that takeout, fast food, and quick meals are the norm. If you’ve been eating lots of frozen meals or takeout meals that are higher in fat, sugar, and sodium, it’s time to change.
Head to a farmers’ market or grocery store and stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables. Spend the weekend making healthy meals. When you prepare these meals, cut up extra ingredients to have meals ready to cook when you get home after caring for your parents.
You could also start an indoor garden. With some planter pots, vegetable seeds, and natural lighting, you can grow some plants inside in clay pots. Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant are some of the plants that will do well in larger pots. Herbs grow well in smaller pots on a windowsill.
When Was the Last Time You Took a Weekend Off?
You don’t have to get away for weeks, but it’s a good time to take a break. Plan a weekend getaway or staycation. Hire elder care aides to help your mom and dad while you stay at home and read books, watch movies, or sleep in. Do things that reduce the stress you’re feeling and help you recharge.
If you want to go on a short trip, rent a cottage somewhere and avoid the urge to check and respond to emails. Bring lots of books, paints, or a camera and get outside and enjoy time in the sun. A cottage on the beach or lake is a good idea if you enjoy being around water. A mountain cabin may appeal more to you if you love hiking.
What Hobbies Do You Love?
Do you have favorite hobbies? When was the last time you spent enjoying that hobby? Practice self-care by trying something new. Knitting can be quite relaxing. Start with something easy like a scarf and work your way to blankets and sweaters.
If you have a little more money to purchase the items you need to get started, you could learn how to make stained glass window hangings and progress to stained glass windows, lampshades, and tables. Make paper, paint, or start writing a journal.
While you’re away, make sure your parents have the help they need to complete daily activities. Elder care services are a good way to do this. It’s easy to arrange services. Call an elder care agency today.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Elder Care in West Sacramento, CA please contact the caring staff at Aging Assistant today. (916) 897-4752
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