By Anica Oaks
Whether you’re giving care to a loved one or your job is to take care of others, it can get overwhelming by the end of the week. By having a plan of ways to refresh your body and mind, you can return to your loved one or patients ready to tackle anything. Here are four suggestions for how to spend your time away at the end of the week to ensure you’re refreshed to start another week.
Spend Some Time Getting Self-Care at the Massage Parlor
Taking care of a disabled person is both mentally and physically exhausting. At the end of the week, you’re going to need to set aside some time for self-care. A great way to help reduce your stress levels and quiet your mind is to get a massage. The physical touch from the masseur along with the release of tension in the body can be just what you need to refresh yourself to start another week of caring for someone else.
Visit with Friends or Family
Just spending some time with loved ones can be a great way to relax after a long week as a caregiver. Whether you plan to meet friends or family at their home or out for dinner, you should opt for picking a place that you would like. It’s best to always schedule some time at the end of the week to share with others who can take your mind off of matters that you are mentally dealing with through your role as a caregiver.
Spend Time Exercising
One of the best ways to reduce your stress levels and feel good about your body is to workout. You don’t have to schedule a harsh workout that you are dreading. Rather, pick a workout type that you enjoy. For example, you can try weightlifting, crossfit, yoga, or Pilates. Just pick an activity that really interests you so that you have something physical to look forward too at the end of the week.
Take a Day Trip Somewhere Fun
The weekend is a great time to adventure into new territory. Decide to take a day trip to somewhere that interests you. This could be a nature park or a casino. The possibilities are really endless. Just pick something that seems interesting to you and go do it. Just planning a day around what you like is a great way to refresh your mind and soul after a hard week.
Hire Extra Help
Taking care of a loved one throughout the week, while rewarding, is also physically and mentally exhausting. When the end of the week comes a caregiver may be looking for relief that doesn’t come that easily. The weekend can even mean extra work, in some instances with additional activities and errands to do. Hiring extra senior care help can lighten the load a few days a week and give you a chance to regroup before the next week starts.
A caregiver has a lot on their plate. Each day can be both physically and mentally taxing. If you find that you’re in need of a refresh at the end of the week, the above four options are great activities to do.