Caregiving is not an easy task. In many cases, caregiving is a full-time job that can often take a good portion of the day, which makes it easy to forget about yourself. Caregivers, whether professional or family members, are an integral part of keeping the senior population healthy, happy, and safe in their own homes.
An undertaking such as this can lead to caregiver burnout - putting your physical and mental health at risk. If you or someone you know is a caregiver, McClellan Senior Living wants to provide tips to promote good health and good spirits so you can continue providing the highest level of care.
You Are What You Eat
When you spend most of your time taking care of another person, it’s easy to forget about your own health, wants, and needs. While you take the time to prepare a healthy and delicious meal for the person in your care, you may be tempted to grab something quick like fast food for yourself. Resist the temptation! Fast food is high in carbs and saturated fats that will impact your health almost immediately.
What’s more, an increased intake in foods high in saturated fats can have adverse effects on your mental health, as well. As a caregiver, your day is busy and full of challenges. Here are some ways to maintain a healthy diet:
- Plan And Prep: At the beginning of each month (or week), take time to plan out your meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Once you have them planned out, prepare your meals for the week going forward! Not big on cooking for breakfast? A variety of cereals, as well as fresh fruit, are great options to start your day quick and easy. Lunches and dinners can be a bit trickier, but there are sites such as Eating Well that can help you plan.
- Snack Hack: The reality is, even with planning, sometimes it’s not feasible to get three full meals a day. Some days are incredibly busy, where you may not sit down for hours on end to have a break. For instances like this, go to snacks such as fresh fruits and granola are quick and easy. Dried fruits and vegetables are another great option! We’re not just talking raisins; strawberries, blueberries, bananas, tomatoes, jalapenos. Healthy dried foods have a drastically different flavor than fresh fruit or vegetables and come in convenient, on-the-go bags.
A Healthy Body Breeds A Healthy Mind
The first step to taking care of yourself will always be in your diet. While a healthy diet won’t relieve all of the strain and stress that caregiving can bring, taking take of yourself reduces the chance of experiencing caregiver burnout.
McClellan Senior Living is an all-inclusive senior living community in Anniston, Alabama that redefines what it means to retire. Avoiding caregiver stress can involve finding the right community that fits the individual needs of your parent or loved one. If you’re interested in our services or would like to learn more about McClellan Senior Living, contact us or schedule a tour of our community!