The Importance of Caring for Yourself



In recognition of National Caregivers Month, we want to bring awareness to key issues that affect caregivers and health sitters. As a caregiver, it can be overwhelming to take care of everyone else and yourself. It’s crucial to make time for your own health with the physical and emotional demands that health sitting requires. While it may seem counterintuitive, your companion needs you to feel your best for them to feel their best. This means getting enough rest, eating healthy, and exercising regularly. Whether you are health sitting for an adult or child, you need a little care, too.

If you are new to caregiving, it is normal to feel stressed by the responsibilities. While caregiving and health sitting is rewarding and can help to strengthen connections with loved ones and companions, it brings on many new challenges. Here are some examples of the types of tasks that are part of caregiving:

• Helping with daily tasks like bathing, eating, or taking medications
• Doing household chores and cooking
• Food shopping and running errands
• Driving a loved one to appointments or driving to visit them in a medical facility
• Making important decisions about health and finances
• Providing emotional support
• Arranging activities and taking care of medical needs

We all want to be able to drop everything and offer loved ones 24/7 support, but that’s not realistic. If you need to work or care for your own family, the constant needs of caregiving can take a toll on your mental and physical health. So, you need to make sure that you are not ignoring your own needs. To help you feel your best, we can help relieve some of the burdens. Our professional health sitters can provide company and emotional support, plan fun activities, and help with non-medical tasks to help your loved one feel more comfortable on the days you need to take care of yourself.