Tuesday Tips for Caregivers! Caregiver Tips to Beat Stress

Tuesday Tips for Caregivers! Caregiver Tips to Beat Stress

Tuesday Tips

Tuesday Tips for Caregivers! Caregiver Tips to Beat Stress

Focusing on the rewarding aspects of caregiving can also help you beat caregiver stress. We’ve compiled a short list of tips for getting in touch with positive emotions and fighting stress, gathered from Today’s Caregiver Magazine and the Family Caregiver Alliance:

· Learn to recognize warning signs of stress and frustration, whether it’s losing patience more quickly or physical symptoms such as headaches or fatigue.
· Practice physical and mental relaxation techniques: exercising, meditating, listening to music, or whatever works for you. Take time for yourself.
· Rethink a difficult situation objectively, so you can avoid unhelpful thought patterns that may be causing more frustration. (Read more detailed tips from Family Caregiver Alliance.)
· Find your “why” and remind yourself of it: “A daily reminder of why you are caregiving will help anchor you and help you realize your own reward,” says Today’s Caregiver. Whether it’s a photo of your loved one or an affirmation to yourself, it can help keep your relationship hopeful, healthy, and positive.
· Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Family members and friends may be willing to assist with caregiving duties or household chores, or simply provide a sympathetic ear. Sharing your feelings with a counselor, spiritual adviser, or support group can also be extraordinarily valuable.