How you start your day when you’re a caregiver can put you in the right frame of mind right away, no matter what happens. It might take some practice to revamp your routine, but here are some ideas to get you started.
Take a Few Minutes Just for You
If you normally hit the ground running the second your alarm goes off, switch things up a little bit. Try instead to read something inspirational, journal, or even just meditate for a few minutes. Taking a few minutes right after you wake up to focus on just you can give your mindset a happy starting point rather than making you feel rushed right out of the gate.
Eat Some Breakfast
Lots of caregivers lament that they don’t have time to eat at all. This leads to some bad choices late in the day. Start out your day by fueling up with something tasty that gives you energy. Look into things like overnight oatmeal or breakfast casseroles that you can make and store to eat during the week. These types of things are easy if you invest just a little bit of time into preparation.
Get Some Exercise In
Moving even a little more can help your brain and your body so very much. Take just a few minutes and do something active. This can be as simple as walking in place for five minutes while your coffee brews. Take advantage of little bits of time here and there to get some exercise in where you can.
Look for Ways to Delegate Some Tasks
Most people take a minute or two to look over their appointments and to do lists for the day. While you do that, make sure that you’re looking for opportunities to delegate those tasks to elder care providers or other family members as you’re able. If this is difficult for you to do at first, you’re not alone. Many caregivers need to work up to delegating more tasks to other people. The bottom line is that you need the help, so ask for it.
One other way you can start your day right is to start preparing for your day the night before. Laying out clothes and just making sure that you know what the next day has in store for you can do so much toward helping you feel ready to go as soon as you get up.