Dealing With Caregiver Stress
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Adjust Your Mindset
• Reframing the situation may help you manage stress.
• Remind yourself that you are doing something important for the person in your care.
• Know your limits.
• Do not give in when your care recipient is too demanding.
• Live one day at a time.
Manage Your Emotions
• Acknowledge your emotions and do not feel guilty about them. They are natural and very human.
• Express your anger and frustration by writing down your feelings.
• Allow yourself to cry.
Manage Your Tasks Better
• Set realistic goals – remember that you may not be able to do everything like before.
• Make a list of important tasks.
• Think of ways to make your work 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 Your 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
• Make time for yourself.
• Treat yourself 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 you.
• Join a support group or start one to share ideas and resources.
• Use respite care services that can lighten your caregiving load. Look for a service that suits you from the AIC E-care locator.
• Talk to the doctor about your caregiving responsibilities, which are just as important as talking about your loved one’s needs.
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
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