10 Simple Ways to Fit Wellness into Your Day
If you are a caregiver, you’re a busy person. Between caring for a loved one and handling the basics of managing two adult households or lives, there isn’t a lot of time to fit in wellness. If you are struggling with maintaining your health and wellness, use this top 10 list to practice manageable health and wellness strategies.
10 Wellness Strategies for Busy Caregivers
- Go to bed 30 minutes earlier. Even if you don’t fall asleep right away, going to bed earlier will at least give your body the opportunity to rest. If you struggle with getting enough sleep, practice better sleep hygiene or speak to your doctor about your sleep habits. Caregiver or not, it is critical to health and well-being for adults to get enough sleep.
- Eat Breakfast. Even if you’re not normally a breakfast person, commit to eating something healthy for breakfast. Even having an apple or a cup of yogurt is better than skipping this important meal.
- Just Breathe. Sometimes, when we’re running around stressed out, we forget to just stop and catch our breath. The problem is, when we’re in that space, we tend to make more mistakes and being under constant stress can adversely affect our health. You don’t have to do anything formal, just stop and take 10 deep breaths to slow down your frantic pace.
- Focus on the positive. We tend to focus on our problems far more than we focus on our blessings. If you are having a bad day, stop and think about the positives in your life. No need to get fancy with a gratitude journal, just think about your blessings for a quick second.
- Eat a healthy lunch. Lunch has become my “me” meal. I focus on making myself a healthy lunch. It’s easier to make a healthy lunch if you focus on things that can be eaten more than once. I make myself a big batch of a quinoa salad and eat it every day. You can also make a fruit salad with cottage cheese or have hummus and vegetables. You don’t need to make something elaborate from scratch, just try to make it your healthiest meal of the day.
- Take a walk (or nap). Set aside at least 30 minutes just for you to either take a walk or a nap – whichever you need more. If you are at work, eat lunch at your desk to save 20 or 30 minutes for a nice walk. If you are at home with a caree who can’t be left alone, have him or her join you on your walk or take a nap when he/she does.
- Do something you love. You don’t need to spend a lot of time practicing a hobby you enjoy, just set aside a small amount of time. If you’ve forgotten what you enjoy, try something new. You can learn to crochet on the internet. Pick up a book, color or try yoga.
- Sharpen your brain. Our brains change as we age. Keep your brain sharp by doing something to stretch your mind. Grocery shop starting on the opposite side, brush your teeth using your non-dominant hand or do a crossword puzzle.
- Do your stretches. Even if you never got out to take a walk, don’t skip out on doing a few stretches or balance exercises before you crawl into bed. Keep your body strong and limber and protect your balance by making stretching and balance a part of your daily routine.
- Add a little luxury to your bedtime routine. Use a fancy, nice-smelling moisturizer, hand or foot cream before you go to bed. Pick something that invokes relaxation to get you ready for a good night’s sleep.
Ideally, you work all of these wellness practices into your daily routine, but if you can’t do them all, try to do as many as you can in one day. Work your way up to all ten to improve your health over the long term.