Caring for the Caregivers
April 25, 2013 12:00:00 AM
Mothers’ Day is Sunday, May 12th, and it is an annual reminder of the incredible role that mothers and maternal figures play in our lives.
Oftentimes, however, moms’ health takes a backseat to their loved ones’. But who benefits when the caregiver is not in the best shape to care for their loved ones? For mothers (and all caregivers), it is important to remember to take care of yourself all year. Here are some quick tips for moms and other caregivers to keep themselves in the best shape possible:
Eat healthy! If you are the resident cook or grocery shopper, make sure you, too, are benefitting from the healthy food that you provide your loved ones.
Exercise. Get your blood pumping for an hour at least 4 to 6 times a week. This helps reduce stress, improve your mood and boost your energy so you can keep up with your loved ones.
Rest. As busy as life can get, there is always time to give your brain and body a break. This will increase your energy, improve your overall mental and physical health and allow you to make the most of the time you have with the ones you love.
Make time for you. You are an example to those you love. If you take time to care for yourself, not only do you improve your mental and physical health, but you show others that it is important for them to do the same. Be a role model of self-care and schedule in time to explore your passions and the places, things and experiences that make you happy.
Many local and national organizations have resources to support you as both a caregiver and as a patient. For instance, join urogynecologists from Athena Urology at Swedish/Issaquah as they discuss ways for moms—and all women!—to take care of their sexual and pelvic health. “Care Down There: Pelvic Health for Moms” will take place Tuesday, May 7th from 10 a.m.-noon. “Getting Your Mojo Back: Sexuality and Pelvic Health after Menopause” will be held on Thursday, May 9th from 6-8 p.m. Whether you attend these classes or explore other ways to educate, applaud, or pamper yourself, remember to take time this Mothers’ Day (and all year-round!) to take care of yourself as well as your loved ones
Registration for classes is required. Visit www.swedish.org/classes or call (206) 386-2502 for more information and to reserve a space.