Creative ways to take caregiving breaks

Creative ways to take caregiving breaks

Remembering to pause and take care of ourselves can be one of the biggest challenges we face when we’re consumed with looking after someone else’s needs. Add to this caring for young children or a demanding job (or both) and you may be too exhausted to even think of the possibility of a break!

Consider how you can work in small doses of self-care to relieve stress, instead of skipping them altogether.

Caregiving involves defining, and re-defining, the “new normal.” You may not see opportunities to take a regular class or go the spa like you used to.

However, if you think creatively, mini-breaks to look after your own needs are not only possible, they’re necessary. Consider how you can work in small doses of self-care to relieve stress, instead of skipping them altogether.

Some inspiration, if you have:

5 minutes

10 minutes

  • Make a cup of tea
  • Take a power nap
  • Write in a journal or a short poem
  • Connect socially with other caregivers online (Twitter, Facebook, email)

15 – 30 minutes

  • Walk around the block
  • Call a friend
  • Go for a run or bike ride
  • Read or watch something funny
  • Knit
  • Browse the web or a favourite app

60 minutes

  • Create something – paint, make a collage, sketch, build something
  • Take a bath
  • Go to a park
  • Meet a friend for coffee or shopping
  • Go to the driving range
  • Watch a favourite show
  • Get a massage

What activities do you find helpful to pause, rest and recharge? Leave your ideas in the comments below.

 

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