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5 Tips to Help Caregivers Stay Healthy

26 Feb 2016
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5 Tips to Help Caregivers Stay Healthy

5 Tips to Help Caregivers Stay Healthy

Trying to stay healthy but unsure where to start? Let us help with these 5 tips.

While living with a chronic lung disease is challenging, being a caregiver for someone with a chronic lung disease is also very difficult. The emotional strain, the physical demands, and time constraints can leave a caregiver feeling drained. It’s important for caregivers to take good care of themselves both for their own well-being, and so they can continue to support their loved one. Juggling all of your responsibilities can be overwhelming, so with your well-being in mind, we’ve put together 5 tips to help caregivers stay healthy.

5. Strive for Exercise

5 Tips to Help Caregivers Stay Healthy

Exercising helps you maintain a healthy weight, keeps your blood flowing smoothly, helps you manage and combat health conditions, and delivers more oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. When you’re a caregiver, you might feel like you don’t have the time to exercise. However, simple steps such as taking the stairs or walking can help you get more active. Talk with your doctor before you start or change your exercise program. Here are some of the benefits of regular physical activity and exercise:

  • Boosts energy
  • Improves mood
  • Helps control weight
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Combats health conditions

4. Ask for Help

5 Tips to Help Caregivers Stay Healthy

Not asking for help when you need it puts you at a higher risk of not feeling well mentally or physically. Asking for assistance is important to your health and the health of your loved one. Other family members might want to help, but they might not know how. Write down ways others could help, talk with them about what you need, and most importantly, let them help you. You may be surprised to find out how many people are ready and happy to be there.

3. Relaxation

5 Tips to Help Caregivers Stay Healthy

Take the time to calm yourself by practicing relaxation techniques. Gentle exercises such as Tai Chi and yoga teach you ways to stretch, breathe and become more mindful. If you like writing, keep a journal about how you feel. You can also try being outdoors by going for a walk or starting your own garden.

2. Eat Healthy

5 Tips to Help Caregivers Stay Healthy

Time constraints can make cooking a nutritious meal feel nearly impossible. However, eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water gives your body the energy, nutrients and hydration it needs. Remember to talk with your doctor before modifying your diet.  Here are some tips to help you save time and eat healthier:

  • Plan meals
  • Try using a crockpot
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods
  • Keep junk foods out of the house
  • Bring a bottle of water with you when you’re running errands

1. Join a Support Group

5 Tips to Help Caregivers Stay Healthy

Being part of a support group can help you gain valuable advice and techniques from other people who have experienced being a caregiver. Feeling overwhelmed when you’re a caregiver is normal, but remember, you’re not alone. Local support groups offer in-person meetings while online support groups offer long distance support.

Caregiving and What You Can Do

At the Lung Institute, we want to help improve the quality of life for you and your loved one, and we’re here to support you through your journey. Remember, there is hope. Help your loved one promote the healing of his or her lungs with stem cell therapy treatment. Contact us on behalf of your loved one today by calling (800) 729-3065 to learn more about possible treatment options.

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