You can’t always be there. But we can.
When you’re a caregiver, you have to have your own life. While a great deal of your day revolves around caring for your senior, you also have to care for yourself. Enlist the help of home care providers to take over for you and go have some fun.
Start Taking Some Classes
When you don’t know what you’re interested in any longer, one way to find out for sure is to take some classes. If you’re ready to commit to something, you can go for a longer-term class at a community college. But don’t overlook day-long courses that could be available at businesses and libraries near you. Scope out what might be available and see what sounds interesting.
Get Involved in Community Volunteer Activities
There are agencies and groups all over your area, even if you live in a smaller area, that need volunteers for all sorts of activities. Narrow your interests down to a few categories and then see which places in your immediate area need help. You might find yourself volunteering at the animal shelter, the library, or even the elementary school. You’ll meet other people in your community and you’ll get out and about.
Pick up Some Old Hobbies
What did you used to do with your spare time? Sometimes the hobbies that you used to enjoy are the very ones you need to try again. Maybe you used to paint or you flew remote control airplanes. No matter what it was, see what you would need to do to give it a try again. If you find that you no longer enjoy that hobby, no harm done. Simply find another hobby that does sound interesting.
Try Something New
Another option is to just try something that is brand new to you right out of the proverbial gate. You only live once, after all, so there might be that one hobby or activity you’ve been dying to try all of your life. Now is your big chance if you’re willing to give it a go. Determine what you need to do to give this new activity a fighting chance and go for it. The worst that happens is that the new activity wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and you try another.
It’s vital that you remember what interests and entertains you because you can’t be a caregiver all day, every day. You are your own person, too, and you need to take time just for yourself on occasion. Determining what you want to do is the first step.