Four tips to help care partners find time for themselves
Care partners show great love for those they care for. It’s important for them to take time to show themselves some love as well. For some, this time is critical to their well-being.
Here are 4 tips for care partners:
- Have a hobby
Some people like to work creatively on things, like paper crafts or cards. Others prefer more physical hobbies, like softball. No matter what you like to do, it’s important to find an outlet to keep stress levels under control.
- Let your loved one help out
Just because someone has MS doesn’t mean they’re incapable of doing things for themselves. It can be good to find tasks they can do. If they’re able to cook for themselves, you can switch to plastic dishes and put everything they need to prepare a meal within reach.
- Take advantage of small moments
Make the most of any time you can get to yourself, even if it’s just a few minutes. It could be while you’re walking the dog or going to get the mail, or even on your daily commute. Use that time to listen to podcasts, read, or catch up on your correspondence.
- Talk to other care partners
Being able to talk to someone who understands what it’s like to be a care partner can go a long way. They may know why you’re stressed out and why it may take you time to decompress.
Remember, being a care partner is stressful—so don’t forget to find time for yourself.