No one ever said that being a caregiver was going to be easy! Not only are you exhausted from the day-to-day demands of caring for your loved one, but also you’re dealing with the changes that are occurring from your loved one’s decline.
Here are five stress busters that every caregiver should be practicing.
1. Get Friendly with Technology
By using the Internet, you can refill prescriptions, schedule doctor’s appointments, order groceries, arrange for transportation and access additional services.
2. Work “Me Time” into Your Schedule
Time for yourself is just as important as taking care of your loved one. When planning your schedule, make sure there is time planned to take for yourself. If you feel that you can’t leave your loved one alone, arrange for in-home care. In-home care can provide an “extra pair of hands” so you can take care of yourself.
3. Get Moving
Take time to exercise each day. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety as well as keeping your body healthy. Start by taking a walk after dinner, or wake up 15 minutes early to do crunches and stretches. Dance to your favorite music for 20 minutes.
4. Show Gratitude
When you’re tired and overwhelmed, it’s hard to see the good in life. Make it a priority to list three things that you are thankful for each day. By being thankful for the things you have, you can shift your mood to a more positive one and ease stress.
5. Enlist Help from Others
When possible, let others help you. A meal delivered to your door or a ride to the doctor’s office. If siblings or family members live out of state ask them to help by making phones calls or scheduling things online. In-home care is important as you need to take time for yourself and care for your own responsibilities without worrying about your loved one’s health and safety.