By watching over your loved one, you are reinforcing the bond between the two of you and you are giving him or her something to look forward to each day.
But as pleasing as it may be to lend a helping hand, you must not forget to look after yourself.
The understanding and patience that is necessary for caregiving may turn into a stress overload, which can have a negative impact on your own health and well-being.
Taking care of yourself is just as important as looking after your loved ones. Here are a few tips for relieving caregiver stress:
Take A break and Ask For Help
First and foremost, you must permit yourself to take a break from caregiving. This can mean simply taking one day off to rest and get away from your usual agenda or, going on a full vacation. And you should never be ashamed or afraid to ask for help.
Join A Caregiver Support Group
Sometimes, the best way to relieve stress is to let it out and discuss your concerns with like-minded people. Joining a caregiver support group may be all you need to relieve the pressure.
Having an encouraging team around you, such as support group members who have been in your situation, can significantly ease stress and provide you with solutions and options you may not have considered or been aware of.
Who knows, you may even cultivate life-long friendships with the peers you meet.
Learn The Art of Relaxation
Finding a way to release your stress is the key to relaxation. But maybe the root of the problem is not understanding how to unwind. Here are a few techniques the Alzheimer’s Association suggests:
- Close your eyes and visualize a tranquil and calm setting.
- Dedicate 15 minutes of your day to Find a quiet place, take deep breaths in and exhale all of the negative, stressful thoughts.
Consistent physical activity is a natural stress reliever that equally benefits your emotional, physical and mental health. Dedicating just 30 minutes of your day to fitness can help ease the pressure and help you exude positivity. Consider joining an exercise class such as Pilates, yoga or Tai Chi to reap the benefits.
Visit Your Friends and Family
Making time for social interaction can help you cope with day-to-day stressors and is essential for your mental well-being. Schedule a day during the week to have a friend over or visit your family members on the weekends. If you find it hard to set specific dates throughout the week, just pick up the phone and call your loved ones.
Learn Other Great Stress Relief Tips From The Staff At Hearthstone Senior Living
Taking care of an aging loved one can be difficult at times, but it’s important to know that you are not alone.
If your loved ones need support in any shape or form, our staff can provide immediate help.
12520 SW Hart Road
Beaverton, OR 97008
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Beaverton, OR 97008