As a caregiver, you might forget to check in with yourself while checking in with all of the patients you take care of throughout your day, but that can be harmful to you. Checking in with yourself will help prevent burnout and ensure you aren’t becoming overly stressed. Being extremely stressed can lead to sleep deprivation and irritability, which isn’t good. So, take a moment to check in and ask yourself how you are doing. See if there’s anything you can do to help yourself at that moment and do so. It can be surprising just how much asking yourself how you are and what you can do for your overall health.
Checking in with yourself also means putting yourself first for a moment. It’s okay to put yourself first and ensure everything is okay. Even if your job entails putting others first, this doesn’t mean that you can’t do the same for yourself. This will ensure that you are taking care of yourself while taking care of the elderly you care for daily. Remember that taking care of yourself is the first step to taking care of the seniors in the nursing home you work at.
Taking care of someone else means taking care of yourself first. Even so, one-third of Americans fail to get enough sleep — and even that seemingly small misstep drastically affects our health.
Prioritize your diet, exercise, mental health, and overall care — just like you would like anyone else’s. Follow these tips, and you will be ready to be the best version of you every day.