Give Yourself a Break
As a busy professional caregiver, leisure time may seem like an impossible luxury. But you owe it to yourself—as well as to the people you’re caring for—to make some time for yourself. You have permission to rest and do things that you enjoy on a daily basis. You will be a better caregiver for it.
Understand the difference between being busy and being productive.
If you’re not regularly taking time-off to de-stress and recharge your batteries, you may end up accomplishing less in the long run. Breaks can help you feel more energetic and focused, so you’ll quickly make up for your relaxation time.
Maintain your personal relationships.
Don’t let your friendships get lost in the shuffle of professional caregiving. These are the relationships that will help sustain you and have a positive effect on your life.
Make times for activities that bring you joy.
Make regular time for hobbies that bring you happiness, like reading, working in the garden, making crafts, playing with the dogs, or kicking back for a nice movie.
Consider scheduling a massage or facial. Maybe you can get a manicure or pedicure. Indulge in a nice meal or take yourself on a mini getaway. You do so much for others, it’s okay to give yourself permission to enjoy life.
Make yourself laugh.
Laughter is an excellent antidote to stress—and a little goes a long way. Try reading a funny magazine, check out the latest comedy series, or call a friend who makes you laugh. (Helpguide.org)