Home carers and supporters: prioritize self care

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As a home health care provider, you will often feel satisfaction from the work you perform. At the same time, stressful situations may occur daily. You are dealing with individuals that are suffering from PTSD, health or age related issues, which can be depressing or frustrating.

If you want to provide the best level of quality home care, you need to take the time to care for yourself. When you give your all everyday, you need to fill yourself back up. Taking care of yourself, both mentally and physically, will allow you to continue to support those in your care without losing yourself in the process.

Your physical health is important. Make sure you eat healthy meals and eat regularly. When you are providing meals for others, you may forget about your own needs. You should sit down with your loved one and eat together. This practice also gives both you and your sufferer a nice meal experience.

Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. If your PTSD sufferer is able to get out for walks, walk together. Otherwise, take advantage of any nice day and spend 15 minutes taking a stroll after you have finished your tasks. This gives your mind and body the opportunity to adjust and calm. If you can join a gym, aerobics or cycling can also help you maintain your fitness. A gym with a pool will give you the opportunity for a relaxing swim.

Check to see if there are any support groups in your area for carers of those with physical / mental health concerns. Your local hospital may have this type of information. Sometime being able to discuss your frustrations or anxiety with others will provide you with useful solutions to any problems you are facing. Groups also let you know that you are not alone in what you may be feeling. Just remember that as a home health care provider, you must also provide for yourself.

We provide a supporter area with exclusive private access here at MyPTSD, for those wanting 24/7 online support with peers in similar situations.
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