- You have much less energy than you once had
- You are constantly sick and rundown
- You are constantly exhausted even though you sleep at night
- You neglect your own needs because you’re too busy or you don’t care anymore
- Caregiving is a source of anxiety and gives you little satisfaction
- You’re increasingly impatient and irritable with the person you’re caring for
- You feel helpless and hopeless.
1. See a doctor:Make a doctor’s appointment with your primary care physician. There may be underlying causes for your fatigue and malaise like high or low blood pressure or high or low blood sugar. Your doctor can help you get back on track to good health.
2. Exercise a little every day:You don’t have to go to the gym. Walk around the yard. Jog up and down the driveway. Put on some music and dance inside the house. Moving will increase the amount of oxygen in your heart, lungs and brain and will help you to feel better immediately. When seniors exercise regularly and work fitness into their daily routines, it will boost their energy levels and help fight fatigue.
3. Learn to meditate:This doesn’t mean that you have to go to a mountain top retreat! It means that you find a quiet spot every day for 5 or 10 minutes of quiet reflection and deep breathing. When your loved one takes a nap, sit in a chair and practice deep breathing for relaxation. Find a beginner’s Yoga practice on DVD, online or through a television service. Yoga will relax your muscles, your mind and improve your energy levels.
4. Eat well for more energy:Feed your body with healthy food that will fuel your energy. Fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, lean protein, and healthy fats such as nuts and olive oil will give you steady energy.
5. Get a good night’s sleep:Using the hours when you should be sleeping for other tasks will actually give you diminishing returns. You need 8 hours of sleep a night. When you get less, your mood, energy, productivity, and ability to handle stress will suffer.Caregivers spend most of their time caring for our loved ones, subsequently creating an opening for stress, fatigue, and breakdowns. Preventing caregiver burnout can’t be done with tact and preparation; additionally, Home Care Assistance also offers respite care to support and mitigate this unfortunate phenomenon.
Opiate withdrawal is uncomfortable, and you should be supervised by your doctor to help make sure you’re safe. But as difficult as it can be, withdrawal itself is generally not life-threatening, and it’s so worth the effort. Getting through the struggles of withdrawal allows you to move forward without the terrible risks and limitations of an opiate addiction.
To get started, talk to your doctor. They can help put you on the path to an opiate-free life. We won’t tell you that going through withdrawal is easy, but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. As mentioned above, you will have side effects during withdrawal. But these will likely last about one week, with some perhaps lasting a bit longer. Still, the benefits of taking your life back from opiate addiction far outweigh those negatives. During your withdrawal, focus on these positives that you can enjoy for the rest of your life after you break free from opioid use.