Reducing your caregiver stress is definitely something you need to do.
Yes, it’s easy for someone else to say. And not always so easy to actually reduce your caregiver stress.
Caregivers can be so focused on giving the minute by minute care to someone else, that they forget to take care of themselves. Leeza Gibbons wrote a book about this.
Basically, you cannot care for someone else until you first take care of yourself.
So what are some simple steps to start reducing your caregiver stress?
This report from CNN gives some suggestions…
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What simple steps can you take to decrease your caregiver stress?
- Get enough rest. Yes, this one can be very challenging when you’re the primary caregiver. It’s also one of the most important.
You need your rest to think clearly and be alert. Plus, you need it for your body including your immune system to function best. So you don’t get sick and need to find another caregiver.
It’s not always easy to find help at night. It is though important for you to get your rest. When you’re looking for your options, consider a service to help you. Just click on this link for more information.
- Get your own regular medical and dental care. Caregiving is tough. And you need to be healthy yourself to take care of the one you love.
One of the best ways is to be sure you’re healthy too.
- Take regular breaks. You need your own form of leisure and breaks. Caregiving is demanding and much like a job.
With all you do, you deserve to have some fun! And your body, mind and spirit need it for you to be your best.
- Accept help. If someone offers to help, take it! Maybe he or she can help make the other steps of this list possible.
- Laugh. Laughter is a fast, easy and free way to relieve stress FAST. Be sure to get your deep laughs in every day. Maybe someone who’s offered to help could see you hear a joke a day or maybe share a funny story.
When Mary’s caregiving was hard, and her mother was cranky and would not eat, her little dog helped.
The dog was funny and cute, and got both Mary and her mother laughing. And Mary noticed how her caregiver stress seemed to melt away during those times.
Laughter does help!
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Remember to laugh loud, laugh long and laugh often. It helps decrease your stress and is fun!
To your healthy caregiving,
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