As a caregiver, your energy is what you rely on to keep you going when other people would’ve quit. But if your energy levels just aren’t there, you’re going to feel as if everything is a struggle.
Check Your Water Intake
If you’re dehydrated, you’re far less likely to feel your best in terms of energy or anything else. Your body relies on water to keep itself going. You might not notice that you’re dehydrated, though, especially if you’re just not used to drinking water. It can take some time to get used to drinking as much water as you should be, so don’t try to force yourself to drink a ton of water all at once or you’re likely to stop again too soon. Try drinking just an extra glass of water every day to start.
Naps Can Be Beneficial
Naps get a bad reputation, mainly because it’s easy to misuse them and get yourself way out of sync with your bedtime and wakeup routines. You’re not going to be able to replace a ton of lost sleep with a few naps, but they can be a great way to give yourself a boost when you’re just feeling a little bit off. Shorter naps are better for this purpose than longer naps are.
Caffeine Isn’t Necessarily Your Friend
Lots of people rely on caffeine to give them a big energy boost throughout the day, but that can backfire on you. Caffeine can give you what you need in the short term, but there is usually a crash that comes a few hours later. Too much caffeine, of course, is not very good for you at all. So, start tracking your caffeine intake and determine how and where you can start cutting back, even just a little. You might start sleeping better, which can also help your energy levels.
Check How Often You’re Eating
If you’re not eating regularly, your blood sugar can get into slumps that steal your energy, too. This can be really difficult for caregivers to manage, especially if you feel as if you’re constantly busy and on the go. You might also find that when you do eat, you’re eating foods that are calorie-dense, but they’re not very nutritionally dense. All of that makes a big difference. Aim for eating every few hours, with some healthy snacks in between.
Choose Snacks Wisely
Snacks can get you through the day, but if you’re relying on snacks that are full of sugar or other ingredients that pretend to give you energy while sapping it later. If you’re choosing snacks that are higher in nutritional value, though, like nuts and vegetables, you’re more likely to get a slow burn of energy that keeps you going.
As you find out what helps your energy levels, do more of that to keep yourself on an even playing field.