Tips for Caregiver Survival?
There is so much stress associated with care giving. At one point in my life, it really took a toll. I ended up doing some things that seem to have helped me and I wanted to get other people's opinion about them.
One thing that I did was get a sleep study, since I was waking up during the night feeling like I was going to die!(I thought it was stress.) As it turns out, I didn't stop breathing, but I had shallow breathing for the most part. Cpap really helped and 8 months later, I see a big improvement in my energy, memory, motivation and overall health. I do use the Cpap nightly.
I also started taking Coconut oil capsules. I don't know if they really do help with memory, but mine is much better. I have better focus and memory and I feel like I can do mental tasks as I did when I was younger. I'm now in my 50's and I work full time.
I'm also taking daily Vitamin D-3 and B-12 per doctor's orders.
I've just started walking for exercise, so it's too early to predict those results, but I hope that it will help too.
I'm trying to eat a balanced diet, but I'm not interested in anything too strict. I've lost almost 40 pounds since I became a caregiver, but I was not trying.