Practical Ways to Reduce Caregiver Stress
As a family caregiver, you know it tends to be physically and emotionally exhausting, even under good circumstances. You are likely under a great deal of pressure as you work to meet your aging or disabled loved one’s needs as well as the other demands of work, parenthood, family life, etc. It may be difficult or even impossible for you to maintain friendships, pursue your own interests, get time alone, or rest due to the stress of caregiving.
You may be experiencing caregiver stress if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Depression or persistent sadness
- Loneliness or isolation
- Rapid or significant weight gain or weight loss
- Angry outbursts
- Intense feelings of anxiety or worry
- Feelings of abandonment by others (especially other family members or friends)
How to Alleviate Caregiver Stress
When caregivers are stressed out, the caregiver and the person being cared for suffer. In order to preserve your ability to provide quality care for your loved one, there are a few things you can do to reduce your stress and take care of yourself:
- Ask your loved one’s doctor if there are better ways to help them manage their specific condition.
- Ask for help when you need it and, when people offer to help, offer a list of specific ways they can step in and assist you. (i.e. Spending time with your loved one while you go to the gym or buy groceries, bringing over a meal, babysitting your children for an hour while you prepare your loved one for bed, etc.)
- Make a point to incorporate time for exercise, hobbies, sleep, and relationships with friends and family.
- Bring in the help of a companion caregiver, private nurse, or other home care provider
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- Attendant services
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Private home services
- Speech therapy
Still not sure if in-home care is the right solution for you and your family? Our friendly, knowledgeable staff members will answer all your questions and help you understand your in-home care options.
Give us a call at (877) 959-9093, request care now, or check out our services to learn more about how we can serve you and your loved ones.