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Simple Ways to Improve Mental Health as a Caregiver

Simple Ways to Improve Mental Health as a Caregiver

Caring for a senior can be a rewarding experience, but it’s also important to make sure you’re taking care of yourself, too. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to burn out from the demands of being a caregiver. Between the long hours and the emotional toll, it’s essential to find ways to care for yourself so you can continue being the best caregiver possible.

Here are a few simple ways to improve mental health as a caregiver.

Stay Connected With Friends and Family

One of the best ways to improve your mental health is to stay connected with your friends and family. Being a caregiver makes it easy to become isolated from the people you love. Make a point of reaching out to your friends and family on a regular basis, even if it’s just for a quick chat or video call. 

Remaining in contact with your loved ones will help you feel supported and loved, which can do wonders for your mental health. If you’re having trouble staying in touch, consider joining a caregiver support group. These groups can provide much-needed social interaction and support.

Eat Healthy Meals

It’s also important to make sure you’re eating healthy meals on a regular basis. When caring for someone else, it’s easy to let your own health fall by the wayside. But it will catch up with you if you’re not eating healthy meals.

Ensure you’re getting plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet. Staying hydrated is also essential, so drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you’re not used to cooking healthy meals, plenty of resources online can help you get started.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Getting enough sleep is essential for good mental health. When you’re sleep-deprived, it’s harder to focus and cope with stress. If you’re having trouble sleeping, you can do a few things to improve your sleep habits.

First, make sure your bedroom is dark and quiet. This will help your body relax and fall asleep more easily. Second, avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening. Caffeine can interfere with sleep, and it’s best to avoid it in the hours leading up to bedtime. 

Finally, establish a regular sleep routine and stick to it as much as possible.

Speak with a Professional

Don’t be afraid to speak with a professional if you’re struggling to cope with the demands of caregiving. There’s no shame in seeking out help when you need it. A therapist or counselor can help you manage your stress and find healthy ways to cope with the challenges of caregiving.

If you’re uncertain where to start, ask your doctor for a referral to a mental health professional. You can also check with your local senior center or Area Agency on Aging for resources in your community.

Develop a Calming Morning Routine

One of the best ways to begin your day is with a calming morning routine. This can help you center yourself and prepare for the day ahead. There are many ways to create a calming morning routine, so find what works best for you.

You might try meditating for a few minutes each morning or reading a motivational book. Exercise is also a great way to start your day, as it can help you release built-up stress and tension. 

Whatever you do, make sure it’s something that makes you feel relaxed and ready to face the day.

Take Time for Yourself

Finally, make sure you’re taking time for yourself regularly. It’s easy to get so caught up in caring for someone else that you forget to care for yourself. But you’ll burn out if you don’t make time for yourself. So make sure you’re taking some time each week to do something you enjoy, whether it’s reading, taking a walk, or talking on the phone with a friend. 

Taking time for yourself will help you recharge and improve in the long run. Plus, it’s important to remember that you’re allowed to have a life outside of caregiving. It isn’t selfish to take time for yourself – it’s necessary.


Caring for your senior loved one can be both rewarding and challenging. However, it’s important to find easy ways to improve your mental health, so you don’t burn out from the demands of being a caregiver. Staying connected with friends and family, eating healthy meals, and taking time for yourself are all great ways to improve your mental health. 

By making your mental health a priority, you’ll be able to be the best caregiver possible for your senior loved one.

At Visiting Angels Toms River, we understand the challenges caregivers face. We offer respite care services to give you a much-needed break from your caregiving duties. Our compassionate caregivers can step in and provide the care your loved one needs while you take some time for yourself.

To learn more about home care services, call 732-240-1050 or contact us online today.

Serving The Greater Toms River- Brick area and communities throughout Ocean County

74 Brick Blvd #109A
Brick, NJ 08723
Phone: 732-240-1050
Fax: 732-240-0702

Serving The Greater Toms River- Brick area and communities throughout Ocean County

74 Brick Blvd #109A
Brick, NJ 08723
Phone: 732-240-1050
Fax: 732-240-0702
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Visiting Angels of Toms River Receives 2022 Best of Home Care® – Provider and Employer of Choice Awards


Brick Visiting Angels of Toms River announced today that it has received both the 2022 Best of Home Care® – Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice Awards from Home Care Pulse. These awards are granted only to the top-ranking home care providers, based on clien tand caregiver satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse. Visiting Angels of Toms River is now ranked among a small handful of home care providers across the country who have proven their ability to provide an exceptional working experience to employees and the highest quality care to clients.


“We want to congratulate Visiting Angels of Toms River on receiving both the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award and the Best of Home Care Employer of Choice Award, ”says Todd Austin, President of Home Care Pulse. “Since these awards are based on real, unfiltered feedback from clients and caregivers, Visiting Angels of Toms River has proven their dedication to providing a great work environment and solid training to employees, while maintaining their focus on client and caregiver satisfaction. We are pleased to recognize their dedication to quality, professionalism, and expertise in home care.”


Best of Home Care providers have contracted with Home Care Pulse to gather feedback from their clients and caregivers via live phone interviews each month. Because Home Care Pulse is an independent company, it can collect honest and unbiased feedback.

“By winning both awards, we are part of a select few home care agencies in the nation.  This shows our dedication to the industry and striving to make it better every day,” says Dave Frost, Executive Director Visiting Angels of Toms River.


“At Home Care Pulse, our mission is to help home care businesses create an experience that goes beyond client and caregiver expectations,” says Todd Austin, President of Home Care Pulse. “We’re thrilled to recognize Visiting Angels of Toms River as a Best of Home Care award-winning provider and celebrate their accomplishments in building a team of happy, qualified caregivers who provide outstanding care for their clients.”



To find out more about Visiting Angels of Toms River’s commitment to excellence, please visit or call 732-240-1050.




About Visiting Angels- Visiting Angels is the nation's leading network of non-medical, private duty home care agencies. Licensed, bonded, and insured, we specialize in both hourly and live-in home care services for adults and seniors. From as little as 1 hour a day up to full 24-hour service, Visiting Angels provide both short, and long- term home care throughout Ocean County New Jersey. Staying Home is still the # 1 preferred choice by seniors. Simply call us to learn more about our service and how we can accommodate your individual needs. Our professionally trained staff at Visiting Angels is always available to answer your questions.732-240-1050


About Home Care Pulse

Home Care Pulse leads the home care industry in experience management, online training, and review management. Through its Care Intelligence Platform, HCP empowers home care providers to attract and retain caregivers even during a historic caregiver shortage. HCP also conducts the annual Home Care Benchmarking Study, the most comprehensive survey of home care providers in North America and administers the annual Best of Home Care awards to agencies that achieve best-in-class client and caregiver satisfaction scores. For more information, visit