Every single person in this world has experienced being sick at least once in their life. It doesn’t matter if it is just a mild cough or a severe illness, being sick is a bummer. It is incredibly difficult indeed if you get sick, however, come to think of it, it is can be just as challenging if you are the one taking care of someone who is sick.
There are a lot of risks of you getting sick as well especially if you have a weak immune system. So here are some ideal ways to take care of yourself while taking care of a sick loved one.
“Offering care means being a companion, not a superior. It doesn’t matter whether the person we are caring for is experiencing cancer, the flu, dementia or grief. If you are a doctor or a surgeon, your expertise and knowledge comes from a superior position. But when our role is to be providers for care, we should be there as equals.” – Judy Cornish
No matter what situation you are in, you must always set limits on yourself. It is not called being selfish, it is just called knowing the right thing to do. Taking care of someone is definitely too far from being easy, so you must know that it would take a lot of effort and patience, especially if the patient is stubborn.
Keep in mind that if you get sick as well, you wouldn’t be able to take care of your sick loved one anymore. Make sure that you always eat on time, and if you have vitamins then that’s better. Just be sure that it is prescribed by your doctor, and if you don’t have any, then it is best to get yourself checked as well, just in case there might be something wrong with your health as well, that might put you and your sick loved one at risk.
GET AS MUCH REST AS POSSIBLE
One of the most important things to remember is that you have to rest as much as you can. If you are taking care of someone who is ill, you have to keep in mind that you must look after yourself as well, and that would mean that you have to make sure that you get a decent amount of sleep. Or simply take a rest whenever you can. An adult must have at least 7-8 hours of sleep so don’t sacrifice your sleeping hours because that would also mean you’re sacrificing your health. Being tired will definitely affect you and you wouldn’t be able to take care of your sick loved one if you’re too tired because you didn’t get to recharge properly.
EAT HEALTHY AND EXERCISE
It is also ideal for you to eat the right kinds of fruit, especially the ones that are rich in vitamin C, such as oranges, strawberries, broccoli, kale, kiwi, papaya, and more. This is to protect you from getting sick as well. Foods rich in protein may also be incredibly helpful, and of course foods that will give you energy throughout the day. Exercise must also be a part of your daily routine since this would make you stronger and it will also reduce your stress level, so make sure to find time to exercise even for just a couple of minutes, even just walking around the place can be considered as simple exercise.
“When we are ill, we can waste too much energy being mad or being glad about how people are caring for us. When really we should be out there caring for others. Our illness doesn’t make us exempt from reaching out, in fact, I think we are more accountable because we understand the journey better than those who have not yet taken it.” – Lisa Copen
MAKE SURE TO STAY CLEAN AND SANITIZE
Last but definitely not the least is that you always have to sanitize everything to make sure that you wouldn’t get sick as well. It is best to have a separate utensil for the sick loved one so that no one else will use it. It is also best to always have some hand-sanitizer and of course, at the end of the day, take a shower to cleanse yourself, it is surely better safe than sorry.