Claudann Jones Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Claudann Jones Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Caring for an aging parent or a loved one who is ill or disabled is deeply rewarding, but it can also consume a lot of time, as well as physical and emotional energy. Especially in times such as we are seeing unfold with COVID19. The most important thing I can tell you is to care for yourself before you burn out. Keep these tips in mind:

— Recruit help: You don’t have to “do it all” yourself and it doesn’t have to be done perfect. In fact, it’s best to have more than one person involved in caregiving.

— Quell guilt: Rather than ruminate on what could or should be, give yourself credit for all that you do.

— Stay active: Frequent exercise delivers proven health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure — and it can be a powerful energy and mood lifter, too.

— Stay connected: Communicate with family and friends by phone or email while at the same time monitor the time you spend on watching TV and surfing the web.

5. Call a timeout: Listen to music you like, read a book, talk or practice meditation or other relaxation techniques through a class, tape or book.

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