Excerpt from an article Written by Candy Sagon, AARP Magazine December 2012
Caring for a sick loved one can take a huge toll on your health. Try these six new ways to take better care of you.
- Make the freezer your friend
Make a big pot of hearty, all-in-one meal like a soup with meat, beans and vegetables, or a stew. Batch cooking lets you freeze individual portions that you can eat during the week.
Twelve minutes of daily meditation can dramatically improve the mental health of caregivers, report UCLA researchers.
Nutritious foods you can grab on the run help keep bloodsugar levels on an even keel and energy levels from flagging, says Katherine Tallmadge a Washington, D.C., dietitian.
Helping out in a different way, in a different setting , can be gratifying and therapeutic, says Barry J. Jacobs, PSy.D., author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers.
- Improve your sleep habits
Disrupted sleep saps your energy for dealing with the demands of caregiving, says Cleveland Clinic geriatrician Ronan Factora, M.D.