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Eat Right, Get Enough Sleep, and Combat Caregiver Stress

Family Caregiver Tips Eagleville PA

Family CaregiversAs a caregiver, are you getting enough sleep and eating properly? You may not be. If you are a family caregiver, stress could become part of your life.

You might have a regular job and a number of other things you have to get done during the day, but you don’t want your aging loved one to be all alone without any support. Maybe other family members don’t live close enough to be any real support or nobody else is stepping up. You don’t want to sit idly by while that senior struggles with his or her own basic care.

As a result, the stress in your life will likely continue mounting until you reach a breaking point. If you are not getting enough sleep and are not eating healthy, it’s going to exacerbate the stress you feel. Here’s how that happens.

When you are under a tremendous amount of stress as a caregiver, you likely go home later and later every single day, week after week. You get home just in time to be able to take a shower, relax for five minutes, and crawl into bed so you can try and get some sleep and be ready to wake up at the crack of dawn and do it all over again.

However, you may lay awake at night staring at the ceiling wondering if your loved one is okay or if they slipped trying to get out of bed to go to the bathroom. You can repeat over and over in your mind that everything is fine, but it doesn’t help you fall asleep. Eventually, some point in the middle of the night you may drift off, but wake up an hour later with the same thoughts in your mind.

Not operating on enough sleep is going to increase your stress because everything is going to get under your skin.

If you’re not eating healthy, your body is not getting proper nutrition. As a result, it’s going to make it even more difficult for you to get the proper amount of sleep you need.

September 1st through the 7th is National Nutrition Week and it’s a great reminder that you should focus on your personal nutrition as a caregiver. That means giving yourself enough time to make healthy meals for yourself and maybe even the senior whom you’re caring for.

If you can’t find time to eat healthy, it’s time to sit down and talk to the senior about hiring a professional caregiver. That caregiver can give you enough time off to not only reduce stress in your life, but give you the opportunity to get the proper nutrition you need.

For more information about how Reliant at Home Care can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, call 610-674-6860.

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Cerie Goldenberg, MSW,LSW

Cerie Goldenberg- My name is Cerie Fish Goldenberg. I have dedicated all 40 years of my professional life practicing Social Work in Montgomery County, PA.I earned aMasters Degree of Social Work from the University of Toronto and I am a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania.I was an active participant in the growth of Montgomery County Office on Aging and Adult Service developing needed services and resources for both younger and older adults.

After40 years of being a problem solver and advocate for those in need including my parents who lived into their 90’s and chose to remain in their home, I remain passionate about providing the highest level of service possible to those individuals for whom we are providing care.It is my vision that those of us who choose to remain in their home to be given the opportunity to do so in a safe and dignified manner. Hence the birth or Reliant at Home Care.