Taking a minute to relieve caregiver stress can be a lifesaver.
Yeah, that’s true. One of the risks caregivers face is long term stress causing serious health problems.
How can a minute make a difference? By reducing those stress hormones that are important in an emergency but can cause havoc with health long term.
One of the fastest ways I’ve found to relief stress is to laugh. Out loud. A deep belly laugh.
The stress response flees from laughter.
Other things that can work are…
- Listening to restful music,
- Taking slow deep breaths,
- Looking at calming pictures,
- Concentrating on inspirational messages, even
- Walking away from the stress.
Of course some like walking away aren’t always appropriate when you’re a caregiver.
Here’s a one minute video that combines soothing music, some humor, inspirational thoughts and calming photos. The audio is all music; no voice track to distract.
Reducing and transforming caregiver stress should be something every caregiver should work on daily. And maybe more than once a day.
What’s your favorite way to reduce stress quickly?
Share in the comments. And you can encourage me to make more videos by sharing the video, liking it and/or commenting.
To your Happy & Healthy Caregiving,
Ina Gilmore MD
Founder, Caregiving With Purpose
Purple Angel Dementia Ambassador
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