Can you hear the ring of school bells in the distance? Can you feel just a nip of cooler weather as the sun sets?
With just a few more weeks left of summer, the warm season is winding down and busy fall schedules are just around the corner. Here at Lotsa Helping Hands, we dread packing away our suitcases and swimsuits, but we are always happy to welcome everyone back from vacations and settle into more regular routines. For those of you supporting caregivers, this can be a time of respite, relaxation, and getting ready for the bustle of fall. But if you are providing full-time care for a loved one, the intensity of your responsibilities may not change much from season to season.
At Lotsa Helping Hands, we’ve gathered our top five tips for caregivers to make the most out of the last few weeks of summer. Whether you’re a caregiver or supporting one, we hope you find inspiration for a bit of relaxation! And don’t forget – it’s always ok to ask for help!
As a caregiver, the chore list can feel endless. Avoid burnout by taking time to enjoy the season and by being willing to ask for help when necessary. Here are some tips for soaking up the last few weeks of summer.
1) Hire a College Student or Mother’s Helper
Take advantage of students still out of school looking to make some money. Whether you need someone to run errands, mow the lawn, or help around the house, a local student might be just whom you need to get a little break from the daily chores.
2) Get Outdoors with the Whole Family
Late summer brings more moderate temperatures, making mornings and evenings ideal for a family stroll. If organizing a group walk is too much, consider eating a meal out outside or sitting on the porch with one another, for some quiet time.
3) Take a “Near-Cation”
As tourists head home, consider grabbing a night for yourself at a local hotel. Late summer and early fall can mean less expensive rates. Give yourself a little vacation, by heading to a hotel that’s not too far from home. By sticking close to home, you avoid travel hassles and arrangements – you know where all the local necessities are and don’t have to worry about forgetting anything!
4) Read a Book Just for You
Sometimes an hour or two of escape can do wonders. Pick up an indulgence just for you. Live in someone else’s life – through mystery, adventure, and romance!
5) Make Lists of Needs for the Fall
When autumn hits, it can get busy fast. Work schedules and school schedules collide, with winter holidays nipping at your heels. Start making a list today of things on your mind for the fall and ways people around you can help.
At Lotsa Helping Hands, we understand that some of these ideas may seem out of reach for you. The best way to ensure that you have time to renew and rejuvenate is to ask for help. Post these ideas, and others, on your Lotsa community so your friends and family can support you while you care for yourself. In the comments below, share with us and other caregivers your ideas for getting some respite this summer.