Small Daily Habits for Caregivers

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Being a caregiver is a deeply meaningful role, filled with moments of warmth and care. However, it can also bring its own set of challenges. While taking care of others, it’s important to remember that taking care of yourself is not just okay; it’s vital.

Here are 10 gentle daily practices to support caregivers 


1. Start the Day Unplugged

Begin your day without screens and distractions. Take a few minutes for yourself, whether it’s sipping a cup of tea, practicing deep breathing, or simply enjoying a peaceful moment of silence. Starting your day with mindfulness can set a positive tone for the hours ahead.


2. Journal When You Wake Up

Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be therapeutic. Use a journal to express your emotions, set daily intentions, or jot down things you’re grateful for. This practice can help you process your experiences and reduce stress.


3. Drink a Glass of Water or Herbal Tea

The importance of hydration is often overlooked. Start your day with a glass of water or a soothing cup of herbal tea. Staying hydrated can boost your energy levels and improve your overall well-being.


4. Engage in a Minimum of 20 Minutes of Movement

Physical activity is essential for caregivers. Whether it’s a brisk walk, yoga session, or simple stretching exercises, dedicate at least 20 minutes to moving your body daily. Regular exercise can reduce stress, increase energy, and promote better sleep.  

If you’re a caregiver looking to prioritize an active lifestyle, don’t miss the Journal article “Making Space For Movement with Kids.” Read it here.


5. Apply SPF on Your Face as Part of Morning Skincare

Protecting your skin from sun damage is so important if we want to slow the aging process. This isn’t just a superficial routine. Healthy skin contributes to your overall self-esteem and well-being.


6. Eat the Rainbow in Fruits, Vegetables, Legumes, Seeds, and Nuts

A balanced diet is fundamental to your health. Consume a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables, legumes, seeds, and nuts to provide your body with essential nutrients. This dietary diversity helps to support a healthy gut microbiome. 


7. Listen to an Audiobook While You’re Folding Laundry

Multitasking can make chores more enjoyable. Listen to an audiobook or podcast while doing household tasks to make the most of your time and engage in self-care through reading or learning.


8. Review Your Digital Family Calendar in the Evening

Staying organized can reduce stress and help you manage your caregiving responsibilities effectively. Review your family’s digital calendar in the evening to plan the next day and ensure you’re prepared for any upcoming events or appointments.


9. Apply an Eye Cream as Part of Evening Skincare

Taking care of your skin is a form of self-love. Apply an eye cream as part of your evening skincare routine to rejuvenate the delicate skin around your eyes. This simple step can help you look and feel refreshed.


10. Read 10-15 Minutes a Day

Reading is a fantastic way to escape from the demands of caregiving and unwind. Dedicate 10-15 minutes to reading a book, magazine, or any material that interests you. It’s a small window of time that can provide immense relaxation.


11. Floss Your Teeth Every Night

Oral health is often overlooked but significantly affects your overall well-being. Flossing your teeth every night can prevent dental decay, a healthy oral microbiome and promote good oral hygiene.


12. End the Day Unplugged

Just as you started your day unplugged, make it a habit to end your day without screens or distractions. Create a calming bedtime routine to help you relax and get quality sleep.


Incorporating these small daily habits into your life as a caregiver can make a substantial difference in your overall well-being. Remember that taking care of yourself allows you to provide the best care for your loved ones. By nurturing your physical and emotional health, you’ll be better equipped to navigate the challenges of caregiving with resilience and compassion.

 

Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.

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