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Self-Care for the Caregiver (Yes, It’s Possible!)

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Submitted by June Duncan, riseupforcaregivers.org



Caring for a beloved senior is a full-time labor of love. Between driving to doctor appointments and managing hygiene and nutrition, it can feel as though there is no time left in the day to focus on your own physical and mental health. It’s easy to say, “I’ll have plenty of time in the future to take care of myself,” but if you want to be a better caregiver to your aging loved one, you have to find little ways to take care of yourself now.

A new morning routine

Mornings are (usually) the only time of the day when we aren’t exhausted and the hustle and bustle has yet to begin. Sneak in a little self-care time by getting up 30 minutes before everyone else. This will give you the chance to grab a cup of coffee or hot tea and plan your day. Prevention magazine claims that rising with the sun also lessens your chances of triggering your internal alarm, which releases cortisol and adrenaline, so you won’t feel as on-edge when you do get goin…