Can You Really Include Time for Yourself in Your Day?

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One of the things that might frustrate you as a caregiver is that your time might no longer really feel as if it’s your own. You’re going to have to assert yourself, even to yourself, in order to get the time for yourself that you need.

Caregiver Crestline OH - Can You Really Include Time for Yourself in Your Day?

Caregiver Crestline OH – Can You Really Include Time for Yourself in Your Day?

Make a List of What You Love Doing

One of the first things you might want to do is to make a list of what you love doing when you can focus on yourself. What makes you happy and lights you up? For some people that’s reading, for others it might be crafting or exercising. Whatever it is, that’s what you need to be doing more often.

How Much Time Do You Spend Traveling?

Do you spend a lot of time in your car, going from one place to another? Often caregivers still need to work full-time, and that can mean making a commute every day. That time spent in the car might be time where you can practice deep breathing or you can make phone calls to people you want to touch base with. Or you can use that time to listen to podcasts that make you happy. Rethink how you spend that time.

Practice Deep Breathing or Meditation

Meditation and deep breathing are ways that you can deal with stress. Some people, however, find breathing and meditation to be stressful themselves. If that’s the case for you, look for easy ways to practice one or both and remove the rules. Set aside some time at the end of your day to try the stripped-down techniques for either of these practices and give them a try for five minutes.

Try Adding Mini Workouts to Your Day

Are you exercising? The average caregiver doesn’t feel as if they have the time to exercise at all. One way around this is to rethink what it means to exercise. If you can add mini workouts into your day, like stretching for two minutes after you wake up, you might find that you can work quite a bit more exercise into your day than you thought possible.

Make Time for You an Appointment

Something else to consider is making time for yourself an actual appointment with yourself. Some caregivers find that it’s a lot easier to stick to something when it’s an official event, like an appointment. Try this out for yourself and see how it works for you.

When you decide to make more time for yourself, that’s a great first step. But you’ve got to keep at it. One or two times of doing something just for yourself isn’t going to give you the full results you want.

If you are considering Caregiver Services in Crestline OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.