As a family caregiver, your days are probably packed with one task after the next. If you’re like many people, you might start your day full of energy and able to accomplish a lot. But, by the afternoon, you start to drag and it becomes difficult to get much of anything done. That reduction in energy and productivity that occurs mid-day is often referred to as “the afternoon slump.” If you fall into the afternoon slump and find yourself crossing off fewer and fewer things on your caregiver “to do” list, here are some tips to help you defeat the slump and get more done.
Eat a Good Breakfast
Starting your day off with a good breakfast can help you to defeat the slump before it even happens. Women should aim to eat between 300 and 400 calories for breakfast, and men should eat 500. Experts recommend a breakfast that includes both carbohydrates and protein. Carbs give your body energy and help your muscles to function better. When you eat protein, too, it seems to improve cognitive functioning. This particular tip is not only a good suggestion for caregivers, but also for seniors who will also benefit from a balanced, healthy diet.
Try a Drop of Peppermint Oil
Peppermint is used in aromatherapy to boost energy. Try putting a small drop of peppermint oil in your hand and then rubbing your hands together. Next, run your hands over your face, but avoid getting the oil in your eyes. The scent should help you re-energize.
Take a Walk
Here’s another tip that can involve both seniors and caregivers. Research suggests that taking a short walk can actually boost energy levels more effectively than caffeine. Since physical activity is also important for seniors, schedule your daily walk together for the afternoon when you’re both likely to be feeling a little sleepy.
Have a Healthy Snack
Eat a healthy snack of nuts, seeds, or other foods that contain protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. You might try some whole grain crackers and slices of cheese or fresh vegetables with hummus.
A large glass of cold water can rehydrate your body and refresh you. Squeeze in a bit of lemon or lime juice for some flavor and extra refreshment. While you’re grabbing a drink for yourself, remember to offer the senior for whom you are a family caregiver a drink as well since good hydration is important for everyone.
Hopefully these tips will help you to beat the dreaded afternoon slump. But, just in case you can’t beat it, be prepared for it. Plan to do the tasks that you find most difficult or complicated early in the morning when you are at your best. If the senior you are a family caregiver for typically takes a nap in the afternoon, use that time to get some rest yourself.
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