How Caregivers Can Stay Healthy & Save Money

Article by Sheila Johnson

How Caregivers Can Stay Healthy and Save Money

If you are a caregiver, you need to stay in tip-top shape to be strong and healthy enough to help those who need you the most. The good news is that you can live a positive lifestyle and save money all at once. Here are some tips and tactics on how to be healthy and stay on your budget.

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Practice Yoga and Meditation

There are many expensive pieces of workout equipment that you could buy to get the exercise that you need to excel at your job, but you can get your body in great shape at a fraction of the cost by practicing yoga and meditation. Insider explains that yoga is great because it helps your body to stretch in ways that you don’t experience otherwise. Also, it allows you to be with your thoughts to ease your mental health. You can take a yoga class or go to the park and stretch out in the sunlight.

Get Enough Sleep

You can pair your yoga with a good night of sleep. The Sleep Foundation explains that, when you get enough shuteye, your body repairs itself from the stresses of the day. Plus, you rest your mind without even knowing it, so you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on a new day. Try to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night.

Keep a Healthy Home

Keeping a healthy home can take some extra effort, but it’s sure to be worth it in the long run. To maintain the cleanliness of your home and keep germs at bay, you should make an effort to dust and vacuum regularly. Dusting surfaces such as furniture, counters, and window sills helps prevent dust mites from settling in. Vacuuming carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture gets rid of dirt, debris, and any microscopic pests that may have crept in. Make it a point to dust before you vacuum. This way, you’ll be able to vacuum any excess particles from dusting.

Consider the Financial Impact of Renting Versus Buying

You may also want to consider if your current living situation is financially sustainable. There are various advantages and disadvantages to owning a home versus renting one. If you are moving into a new less stable business venture, then renting might be a more financially wise choice. However, if adding a new side hustle will bring in substantially more money for you, then perhaps now is the time to consider buying.

Monetize Your Healthy Lifestyle With a Smart Business Plan

If you want to make some extra money to supplement the income you make as a caregiver, then consider turning your healthy lifestyle into a business. You could do anything from opening your own yoga studio to writing for a website that gives health tips to other caregivers.

If you choose to become an entrepreneur, it’s essential to create a detailed business plan. In this plan you will articulate every step of your company, including what you plan to sell or what service you intend to supply, how much money you will need to get started, what business structure you will use, how you will secure those funds, how many employees you may need, how you intend to market your services, and every other step along the way. Once you have this plan in writing, follow it to the letter until you reach success.

Next, don’t forget about marketing! Social media is a big help but you should also supplement this with some more tactile approaches, like brochures. These are great for informing potential customers about your business. If you aren’t sure how to get started, building a brochure is easy if you take advantage of these free templates.

It’s important that you understand that being a small business or a freelancer means carrying your own health insurance, which can be a financial challenge. If your caregiving job doesn’t provide insurance, see if you can get added to a parent’s or spouse’s policy. If that’s not an option, look into what your state created in response to the Affordable Care Act. Many of these programs make carrying your own insurance much more affordable.

You Can Save Money Just by Being Healthy

As a final point, consider that you can actually save a ton of money just by living a healthy lifestyle. As an example, you can choose to skip the expensive fast food restaurants and instead make a salad at home for half of the cost. Also, instead of paying for the expensive gym membership, you can instead take your workouts to the local park where you can hike, run, and powerwalk for free. Finally, if you live close enough to your job, you can ride your bike to work and save money on fuel. There are many great options to consider.

Find what Replenishes You

Being a caregiver takes a lot out of you. But, as you can see, there are many ways that they can still stay healthy and save money in the process. Practice self-care, from adopting yoga and meditation practices to keeping a healthy home. And if you need a more creative outlet, consider starting your own business. Everyone needs a good mixture of challenges, personal fulfillment, and self-care in their lives. Find your mixture and embrace it!