One thing that most caregivers tend to want more of is energy to get things done. If that describes your situation, too, these tips might help you to feel better able to handle everything your day throws at you.
Ditch the Energy Drinks, the Caffeine, and the Sugar.
Lot of folks depend on sugar, caffeine, and even energy drinks to give them a boost during the day. The problem is that all of these substances can make you crash even harder after they give you some energy. It’s much better to rely on other techniques to give you real energy that lasts.
Track What You’re Eating.
What you’re eating does much more for your energy levels than you might realize. If you’re eating a lot of empty calories, your body isn’t getting the nutrients it really needs. Start tracking what you’re eating and get an idea how much protein, carbs, and other nutrients you’re getting. Your doctor or a nutritionist can help you to determine if you need more protein or other nutrients.
Track Your Sleep.
While you’re tracking different aspects of your life, your sleep is one area you need to start tracking. Some fitness trackers even include an option to track the sleep you’re getting. You can start to get an idea of what might be interfering with your sleep and make changes that help you get the sleep you need.
Talk to your own doctor about what types and amounts of exercise are the best option for you. Believe it or not, the right exercise program can help you to significantly boost your energy levels. Exercise can even help you to improve your appetite and your sleep, which are both areas that can help you immensely.
Let Yourself Have Some Fun.
If you’re spending your time as a caregiver only doing what you have to do, you’re probably not having as much fun as you need to be having. Give yourself time off that you can use to do whatever you enjoy doing. Pick up a hobby, either a new one or one you used to enjoy, and give yourself permission to make time for it.
Remember to be nicer to yourself while you’re working out ways to bump up your energy levels. If you’re being too hard on yourself, that isn’t going to help the situation at all. Treat yourself well and give yourself time to recover and to reap the benefits of the changes you’re making.