When caregiving for an elderly loved one, your own life can sometimes fall by the wayside. You do not want that to happen. You can’t care for someone else if you aren’t taking care of yourself first. A big part of that is self-control and balance in your life. Whether you’ve always struggled with self-control or you’re recently finding yourself out of whack, this article is for you. Keep reading to find out just what you can do to make things easier.
In order to improve, grow and change in life, control must be had. Your willpower is a response to an internal conflict, such as things you want to do or don’t want to do. You might want that extra burger but you know you shouldn’t. You need to take out the garbage but you’d rather not. Any one person only has so much strength in one day and it does get depleted as you use it for decision making.
As a caregiver, you’re under a lot of stress and you can often self-medicate such as turning to food or TV. This isn’t good for you or for your aging parent. If you find yourself in need of some help, you can hire senior care services. A professional with experience in caregiving is just what you need for some time off and giving yourself a break.
How to Increase Your Willpower
Here are a few things you need to know about self-control and how to use these to your advantage while experiencing life.
- Learn how to manage stress. It’s a good idea to stop and take a few deep breaths during periods of high stress. When overwhelmed, you can be tempted to make poor decisions.
- Stick to your plan. Having self-affirmation can help even more with your self-control. There is a difference between “I can’t” and “I don’t”. Pick the latter and remind yourself that you don’t smoke instead of can’t smoke.
- Meditate. This has been shown in studies to increase your reserve of willpower and improve focus. You’ll notice a difference in as little as 8 weeks of daily meditation. Take a few minutes each morning (or night) to relax and enjoy the silence.
- Focus on what’s important. When you postpone things that aren’t as important, you can gain more focus on what you want to do now. You won’t feel as tormented by things you’re trying to avoid, such as extra food, if you don’t have other distractions that aren’t as important to you.
- Get more sleep. This is essential to helping your brain function properly. A rough guide is between 7.5 and 8.5 hours per night to live longer and happier.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Norwalk, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at (203) 340-0652.