If you have ever experienced stress, you probably understand how overwhelming it can feel. There are numerous things people can do to not just alleviate stress, but to get healthy. When you are a caregiver looking after an aging or disabled friend or family member, you might believe there’s no real option, that stress is now just a part of your life and you have to deal with it.
In reality, if you don’t confront stress head on, it is going to impact your health. It will likely affect your relationships. If you have a full-time job, a career, it will probably take a toll on that as well.
There are plenty of things you can do to reduce caregiver stress, and we highlight just three of them here below.
First, make time for yourself.
If you simply don’t think you have time for this, think again. Talk about home care support services. Through an agency you should be able to hire a caregiver for just a couple of hours a day one or two days a week to start. That can get the elderly family member or friend thinking about this as an option, especially when you talk about how much stress and anxiety you are dealing with at the moment.
You don’t have to make a lot of time for yourself first; just a couple of hours here and there can allow you time to get things done that are still important to you, things you had given up to take care of this other individual.
Second, get exercise.
In one or two of those hours every week that you free up by hiring a home care aide, exercise. It only takes about 15 to 30 minutes every day of solid, cardiovascular exercise to stay healthy. This also is a great way to help alleviate stress and anxiety in your life.
Third, talk to someone.
It could be a friend, counselor, or other family member. When you sit down and have a conversation, when you can vent your frustrations to them, it can help you wash away a lot of that stress and pressure in your life. When you talk to another caregiver, such as through a support group, you may also be privy to great insight and strategies that are highly effective at helping seniors and disabled adults in their own home.
If you truly want to make a difference in your life and reduce stress as a caregiver, look into home care services. This is the best first step you can make.