When a family is in a period of heightened stress, such as living with a critical illness, good self care is important. The following are some suggestions that will help.
- Pay attention to what you are eating. Avoid a diet high in alcohol, sugar, caffeine and/or artificial and heavily preserved foods.
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Instead of loading your body with three large meals, try eating six smaller meals a day, which gives you a steady supply of nourishment and energy.
- Practice relaxation techniques. Find what works best for you, like meditation, yoga, prayer or exercise.
- Get plenty of rest. Rest is just as important to the body as food and water.
- Get an adequate supply of B Vitamins. They’re often called the “anti-stress vitamins” because they’re rapidly depleted when your body is under stress for a long period of time.
- Remember to keep a sense of humor. Share your favorite jokes, watch a good comedy and always try to remember that laughter really is the best medicine. Laughter simply gives you a break - like having recess.