Tips for Caregivers During COVID-19
Posted in Caregiving
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is taking an emotional toll on caregivers. You may feel it physically or mentally. You are not alone in these feelings and this is a perfectly natural response to the situation.
As caregivers, self-care is one of the most important things to practice so you can continue to serve. Start by asking yourself: What is my biggest struggle during this crisis? What do I need to address this struggle right now? Here are some tips to help you through some of these struggles.
- Show compassion … to yourself. You share compassion with those you care for. Try it with yourself. Practice words of encouragement like, “You’ve got this!” and “ My best is enough.”
- Limit media consumption. Try not to consume too much COVID-19 news. A little goes a long way, especially since a lot of the information is repeated incessantly. A constant bombardment of news can be stress-inducing.
- Prioritize sleep. It is critical that you recharge your battery. If you have difficulty falling asleep, try breathing exercises or meditation apps.
- Practice your top 3. Make a list of your top 3 self-care activities and practice one a day. This might include alone time, watching your favorite show, taking a hot bath, calling a friend, or playing with a child or pet.
- Move your body every day. Go for a walk, if the weather allows. If not, aim to move and stretch for a few minutes throughout the day.
- Connect. Use phone and video calls to connect with your friends and family members. Talking with others who are also caregivers can provide a sense of support. Help those you care for access safe, and secure communication with their loved ones.
- Follow CDC guidelines. Carefully adhere to all safety procedures that have been issued. They are for everyone’s protection, and every person makes a difference in stopping the spread of this disease.
- Ask for help. If you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to provide care, seek help from other family members, friends and community organizations.
Caregivers are our unsung heroes. You provide an invaluable service to the people you care for. Remember, there is no such thing as a perfect caregiver. Focus on each day and the small moments that accompany this important role you fill. Be kind and gentle to others and yourself. Always remember that asking for help can be the most meaningful and courageous step you ever make.