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Dealing With Caregiver Stress

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Here are some simple tips for stress management:

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.

Self-Care for Caregivers

All About Dementia – Ask the Experts : Episode 6
Source: Agency for Integrated Care

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?

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