Energy boosts for carers

Caring for a family member is a noble thing to do but it can quickly take a toll on your health. So it’s important for carers to look after themselves, and these few tips may help to give you an energy boost.

Stop unhealthy snacking

When you’re tired, your body will crave carbohydrates and foods that are high in sugar. Biscuits, chips and lollies may all taste good and be quick and easy, but they only provide a short-term energy boost and constantly relying on such snacks will lead to weight gain and poor moods. Instead, keep fresh fruit, vegetables and some nuts on hand to eat when you have dips in energy levels.

Eating small, regular meals rather than larger, calorie laden portions will also help regulate your energy levels.

Don’t rely on coffee

It’s ok to enjoy a cup of coffee now and again, but relying on caffeine to give you a boost will only make you more reliant on the java. If you can’t get by without coffee or tea (which can also be high in caffeine), try to limit yourself to one cup a day, and have it early in the day but after breakfast. Caffeine late in the day can affect sleep.

Instead, drink plenty of water to combat dehydration, which can reduce your energy levels and make you feel sluggish and dizzy.

Take a nap

Sometimes the only way to address your body’s lack of energy is to have a nap, especially if you’re experiencing interrupted sleep due to having to care for someone during the night. Rather than running around and trying to do chores, recharge by having a nap, or sitting down and putting your feet up.

If you’re sleepy, it’s important that you recognise your body’s limitations; don’t drive, give alcohol a miss and don’t light the stove or a cigarette if you’re in danger of falling asleep.

Revive yourself

A change of pace may be all you need to shake off the feeling of lethargy. Go for a brisk walk outside to get some fresh air and the blood pumping. Or take a cool shower to refresh and revitalise.

Taking care of yourself is of utmost importance when you’re also charged with caring for someone else. If it gets too much and you find yourself unable to lift your energy levels, or start to feel stressed or depressed, speak to a professional about arranging some respite care.

Do you have any tips for carers you would like to share?

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