Are you a carer or parent who feel’s like they are running on empty?  Not sure where the next burst of energy is or how on earth you will get through your day?  Perhaps you are surviving on regular coffee and sugary pick-me-ups?  It is such a common and easy pattern to get into!  I know, because I have been there.

It is no secret that as busy caregivers we run the risk of burnout and exhaustion.  We have the best of intentions, trying to be and do everything for everyone.  Ensuring our loved one’s are taken care of, receive their treatments, medications and other therapies.  Taking care of the household, not to mention everyone’s mental health!  Many of us try to work full or part-time too.  The responsibility list can be unrelenting.

Then BAM!! Out of nowhere you get sick, really sick.  It takes you a loooong time to recover, but you must keep going right?  Because no one will do the work for you. No one else can provide the level of care you can and do.  But when you are down and out, providing the level of care that you expect of yourself seems near impossible doesn’t it?  You tell yourself, I can’t afford to get sick.  Something has to give.

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YES SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE!!

In no uncertain terms, you MUST take care of yourself.  I know it seems impossible and a whole lot overwhelming.  It is ‘just another thing’ to put on your ever-growing list.  I get that, I do.  I have been there myself.  But I ask you this:

While you are taking care of everyone, who is taking care of you?

Are you struggling to find an answer?   At risk of sounding bossy and directive, we really need to take care of ourselves because no one else will do it for you.  Would you expect the people you love and care for to take great care of themselves?  If you have your own children, are you bringing them up to look after themselves, their needs?  I expect the answer is a massive YES!

At the end of the day, you need to gift yourself this too.  By taking care of yourself and nourishing your mind and body you will give THE BEST care to the one’s you love.  When you, the heart and soul of your household, are feeling healthy, happy and calm it will surely filter through to everyone around you.

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Here are some simple solutions for you to get started.  This is something that you can do with the family if you can too!

1.  NOURISH

Ditch the sweet sugary snacks, processed foods and reduce the stimulants such as coffee.  These cause issues with your blood sugar levels, the clarity in your brain and will contribute to adrenal fatigue (stress hormone).  Nourish your self with beautiful fresh food that will give you energy and vitality.

  1. Hydrate every day
  2. Whole Foods for energy and vitality
  3. Reduce your sugar intake for clarity of mind & better performance
  4. Good fats and protein for mental health

For specific ideas, check out my blog here “Nourish Your Mind & Body in 5 Ways!

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2.  GET MOVING

There is so much research out there, indicating strongly that physical activity has profound positive effects on our mental health.  Physical activity doesn’t mean that you need to go and sweat it out at the gym for 2 hours a day.  It means getting your body moving on a regular basis, where your heart rate is elevated and you are a little “huffy puffy” in your breathing.  I suggest:

  1. Find something you enjoy & with others
  2. Create time – start with just 20 to 30 minutes a day
  3. Start slow and set some achievable goals
  4. Movement to music
  5. Give it a go in the comfort of your own home

Find out in more detail here on how to start!

Photo Credit: Lyn Hatwell

Photo Credit: Lyn Hatwell

 

3.  MAKE TIME TO ORGANISE

One of the best things I have ever done is create some simple systems and introduced basic organisation at home.  When you are organised, less chaos and fluster feature in your life.  This creates more space and time for you and yours to do the things you enjoy or need to do.  You could:

  1. Meal Plan & Shop online
  2. Create simple achievable to-do-lists (start with the easiest first)
  3. Schedule your time in a diary
  4. Delegate jobs in the home & ask for help
  5. Medicines organisation/storage, charts & stock lists
  6. Clear the clutter in the home, introduce simple storage solutions

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I invite you to adopt just ONE of these strategies at a time into your life and give it a red hot go!  The strategies are:

  1. NOURISH

  2. MOVE

  3. ORGANISE

Be careful, not to try too much all at once or you will surely put yourself under far too much pressure.  Don’t forget, it is okay to ask for help!  This is a strength not a weakness, it really is.

Tell me, how are you going to start boosting your energy at home?  Come on over and share your thoughts or struggles in my private Facebook community, Carers Connect!  If you are new, don’t forget to send through a request to join!

Until next time, take care of you!

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