How Can Caregivers Effectively Manage Stress?

By November 12, 2012Caregiving Tips

One of the most common issues caregivers face on a daily basis is stress. It is often hard to predict the amount of emotional and physical strain that comes along with caring for a loved one. While seniors are undoubtedly more comfortable living in their own homes, their caregivers must generally give up their own free time and ability to socialize. So what can caregivers do to manage the stress that presents itself while taking care of a loved one? The following five tips can help:

 

1. Remember your own needs first. Caregivers often forget to think of themselves, as they are always putting their loved ones needs ahead of their own. Caregivers must be sure to get enough sleep and eat nutritious meals on a daily basis. Make time to exercise at least 30 minutes each day and be sure to keep an eye out for any signs of depression.

 

2. Spend time with friends. While seniors may be confined to the home, caregivers must remember that they are not. It is vital to get out and socialize with friends. When caregivers isolate themselves from the rest of the world, signs of stress and depression tend to appear. Get together regularly with friends and family members to keep stress at bay.

 

3. Ask for help from others when it is needed. Being the sole caregiver of a senior is extremely taxing and can almost be impossible. For tasks that need to be done on a daily basis, make a list and ask other loved ones to help out. It does not matter how far away loved ones live, even faraway relatives can manage to help out in certain ways.

 

4. Take a vacation. Caregivers should always plan a vacation, even if there is no big trip planned. A weekend away can do wonders, plus many seniors can benefit from someone else’s company for a short while. It gives everyone time to decompress and refocus.

 

5. Think about professional at-home care for seniors. Caregivers and seniors should obtain information about the numerous choices available when it comes to at-home healthcare services. LivHOME offers seniors and their loved ones many different at-home healthcare options, making it easy to develop a plan that fits the needs of each and every family. Contact LivHOME today and begin to discover how at-home healthcare can benefit your family.

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