Elderly Care in Schaumburg, IL
Just because your parents are getting older and need some extra help does not mean that they have to give up the active, engaged lifestyle that they love. In fact, many adults find that when they reach their senior years and are away from the challenges of younger adulthood, including raising children and managing a career, they actually enter a chapter of their lives that is more involved and exciting than before. Encouraging your seniors to stay as physically, mentally, and socially active as possible is vital to protecting their health and wellbeing, warding off emotional and mental health concerns, and giving them the highest quality for longer. Doing all of this, however, requires energy.
Energy seems to be one of those things that everybody needs but nearly everybody feels they do not have enough. Stress, being physically out of shape, disrupted sleep patterns, health concerns, and even the weather can impact your energy levels, making it so that you feel you cannot take care of everything on your schedule and still be able to do the things you want to do. This also goes for your seniors, who may want to get out and be more active but deal with low energy.
Making boosting your energy and your seniors' energy part of your elderly care routine ensures your parents have what they need to live the fun, active, and involved lifestyle they desire, and that you have what you need to keep up with them.
Try these daily ways you can boost your energy throughout your elderly care journey:
• Generate energy through exercise. Your body is going to produce the energy that it thinks it needs, so if you spend a lot of your time sitting or standing around not doing much, your body will not think it needs to give you energy. Conversely, if you start moving around a lot, your body will take notice and rev up your energy levels. If you start to feel a slump in your energy, take a brisk 15 minute walk, do jumping jacks for 30 seconds, or perform deep abdominal breathing that works your core muscles. These will get your blood flowing, bring fresh oxygen throughout your body, and boost your energy.
• Hydrate. Proper hydration is vital for metabolizing food, bring oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, and keeping your body functioning so that you feel well and energized. Drinking plenty of water is important, but you can also increase your daily hydration by eating plenty of fresh produce such as watermelon, honey dew, lettuce, berries, cucumber, and tomatoes. Remember that carbonated beverages, sugary juices, and drinks with caffeine or alcohol do not count in your liquid intake because they are high in calories or can actually dehydrate you.
• Keep a sleep pattern. You may be tempted to sleep in an extra few hours on the weekends or go to bed later when a movie marathon is on, but these changes in your sleep patterns can spell disaster for your energy levels in the coming days. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day so that your body creates and maintains a schedule, which leads to falling asleep more easily, sleeping more deeply, and waking up faster.
• Laugh. Being in good spirits actually makes you feel physically better. Find things to laugh about throughout the day, whether it is a favorite funny author, recordings of a standup comedy routine, or even the silly or awkward things that happen during your care routine. Keep your humor up and feel the increased energy.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Schaumburg, IL, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Schaumburg at 630-237-4460.