A joint study by the AARP and Family Caregiver Alliance says there are 34.2 million unpaid caregivers caring for an older friend or relative. Caregivers report offering about 20 days a month providing that care. Family caregivers who are unpaid also say that they feel positive aspects in their lives have diminished because of their responsibilities as a caregiver.
It’s so important to manage stress when you’re a family caregiver. It can be hard to figure out the best ways to handle the pressures of caregiving.
Use these tips and see what works for you.
Create a Room Where You Can Get Away
Is there a room or nook in your parent’s or your home where you can set up a sanctuary? Use this space to get away for just a few minutes and de-stress. Aromatherapy can help soothe frayed nerves. Lavender is one scent that is known to be relaxing. Lemon and chamomile are others.
Read a Book
Let a book whisk you away to another place or time. Reading is a good way to ease stress and also helps exercise the brain. You can borrow books from a local library or your library’s online digital book service. You can also use sites like BookBub to find free books online. Amazon Prime members may be able to access books for free, too.
Go For a Walk
Talk a walk with your parents or by yourself. Fresh air and sun can help you unwind. If you bring your parent along, it may help your mom or dad sleep better at night. When the weather is bad, Tai Chi and Yoga can help ease stress. You can go to a class or put on a video at home.
Respite Care Services Provide the Breaks You Need
Make sure you’re taking breaks. You can do this by getting friends and family members to cover for you every now and then. You can also hire caregivers to provide respite care. Respite care is a service where caregivers take over your usual responsibilities while you get away.
Use respite care to go out with friends and family members. Let respite care give you a break so that you can go to a doctor’s or dentist’s appointment. Run errands, go for a walk, or get extra sleep with respite care services ensuring your parents don’t have to be alone. Call now.
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