Dealing With Caregiver Stress
Adjust The Mindset
• Reframing the situation may help one manage stress.
• Caregivers have to remind themselves that they are doing something important for the person in their care.
• Know their limits.
• Do not give in when their care recipient is too demanding.
• Live one day at a time.
Manage The Emotions
• Acknowledge the emotions and do not feel guilty about them. They are natural and very human.
• Express anger and frustration by writing down one’s feelings.
• One should allow himself/herself to cry.
Manage The Tasks Better
• Set realistic goals – remember that one may not be able to do everything like before.
• Make a list of important tasks.
• Think of ways to make the tasks easier.
• Allow some things to be left until a better time.
• When handling a difficult task, make it easier by listening to music.
Take Care of The Health
• Take short rests in-between activities or errands.
• Focus on getting relaxing sleep instead of more sleep.
• Set aside time for meditation, reflection or prayer.
• Eat a balanced diet, and find time for regular exercise.
Do Things You Enjoy
• One should make time for themself.
• One can treat themself to a massage or a facial.
• Keep in contact with friends and join in fun activities.
Do Not Shoulder Everything Alone
• Speak completely, openly and honestly to people who can understand and help.
• Join a support group or start one to share ideas and resources.
• Use respite care services that can lighten one’s caregiving load. Look for a suitable service from the AIC E-care locator.
• Talk to the doctor about the caregiving responsibilities, which are just as important as talking about the needs of the person living with dementia.
This video by the Agency for Integrated Care addresses questions such as: What are the signs of caregiver stress? I am not comfortable discussing my challenges with family and friends. Who else can I talk to? I need a break from caregiving but I feel guilty. What should I do?
Source: Agency for Integrated Care