Who doesn’t need a break sometimes? There are plenty of days we feel like pulling the sheets over our heads and staying in bed all day, or better yet, escaping to a far off deserted island. Unfortunately, those things aren’t terribly practical – especially for a caregiver.
Here are some ways to recharge your batteries.
-Splurge on a sweet. Oh what the heck, have a decadent treat no guilt allowed. Stop at your favourite specialty bakery or ice cream shop and indulge in something over the top. Savour every bite.
-Take a walk. Pop on a pair of headphones if you feel like listening to music, or just soak in the beautiful, relaxing sounds of nature. If you stumble upon a shady bench, sit for a moment. Let go of your worries, even if for just for a short while.
-Buy some fresh flowers, or cut some from your garden and bring them inside. Flowers brighten our spirits, make us smile, and remind us how much beauty there is in life’s simplest pleasures.
-Escape reality by burying your nose in a good book. Brew up a cup of your favourite coffee or herbal tea, get comfortable, and let your mind wander to faraway places where your everyday concerns are a distant memory.
-Light a candle. It’s the end of a long day, and you’re exhausted. Even if you could, you don’t have the energy to leave the house. On nights like this, I appreciate the simplicity of lighting a candle or two. Curl up, watch the candlelight gently dancing around the room, and let a sense of peace wash over you.
-Gift yourself to a new pair of comfy, cozy panamas, take a long bubble bath, then slather on your favourite scented lotion. Make yourself queen for the evening.
Regardless of how crazy life gets, try to set aside time at least once each week to be alone. Use the time to pamper yourself, clear your mind, and simply take a deep breath. You’re so accustomed to focusing on everyone else spend some time taking care of you.
SIMPLY PUT, YOUR WORTH IT!!!!!
5 Minute Parmesan Zucchini and Corn:
This recipe is perfect for any busy caregiver, can be used as a dinner side, or whole lunch. Freezer friendly, packs well on long drives or a picnic. Eat hot or cold.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 zucchinis, diced
1 cup corn kernels, fresh or canned
1/4 teaspoon any spices you have
salt and pepper, to taste
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons Parmesan
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic to the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add zucchini, corn, and sprinkle on spices. Cook, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is tender and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in lime juice.
Sprinkled with Parmesan.
Water is essential to your body's good health. Fifty-five to 60 percent of the average body is made up of water. Drinking water throughout the day protects you from dehydration. Mild dehydration (as little as a 1 to 2 percent loss of body water) can reduce your energy and cause weariness, making caregiving responsibilities even more challenging.
Start today by drinking more water and see your energy rise!
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.