Caregiver Stress – Don’t Even Bother Trying to Relax – Or, Use These 7 Stress Reduction Tips

Caregiver Stress — You want to be there for the people you love, prepare yourself by learning to manage stressful times. Caregivers, when caring for your aging loved one, it is important to take action and incorporate these seven tips into the care giving part of your life.

The 7 stress reduction tips to take when caring for your aging loved one are:

  • Be true to yourself. In other words, take care of yourself. Stay healthy and happy. You are an individual that has needs too. It is not selfish or thoughtless to think and take care of you. This will make your care giving experience a more wholesome one. Taking care of yourself will also make you better prepared to handle those difficult and all encompassing days ahead.
  • Be flexible. This is a hard one for many care givers. There is more than one way to care for someone. Everyone has a different approach. It may not be the same as yours, but sometimes it is important to let go of the little things. Be willing to learn a new way to do things. And be willing to be patient if others do not do it your way. Patience and flexibility will give you strength for your care giving experience.
  • Establish boundaries. Set limits. Acknowledge what you cannot do physically, mentally, or emotionally. You need to realize that there are situations that will present themselves to you that you will need to address. By setting limits, you are saving your energy and strength for times when you are needed most.
  • Accept you cannot do everything. By acknowledging that you are helpless at times will make you a better caregiver. There are many things that are going to be beyond your control. There are many things that will be beyond your ability to do them. Remember you are only human.

Caregiver stress, yes you do need to try and relax…Here are more stress reduction techniques that you should put into practice for successful care giving of your aging loved one.

  • Find a healthy release for your emotions. Do not hold your feelings inside. It is important to find a healthy way to let your emotions out. You will have feelings of anger, resentment, sadness and fear. Find someone to talk to, join a support group, go to a therapist or talk to your spiritual counselor, if you are so inclined. You can also tell jokes, laugh, sing, dance, paint or even write them down. Facing and acknowledging your feelings will allow then not getting in the way when you are caring for your aging loved one.
  • Learn to accept support when needed. At some time in your care giving part of your life, you will feel as if you cannot go on another day or able to do another thing for your aging loved one. Avoid that day, by investigating community resources and accepting and asking for help from others. It is important that you have time away and off from the care giving part of your life, because there are so many other parts of your life too!
  • Learn stress reduction techniques for everyday stress. Use breathing techniques, prayer, and meditation. Use positive thinking techniques and find some humor in parts of the day.

Caregivers don’t just try and relax, take action. Incorporate these 7 stress reduction tips into the care giving part of your life. Caring for you aging loved one is a way to learn to live in the moment. Do not miss those moments of sharing and caring that takes you to a new level of knowing your aging loved one. If you are tired and worn out you will miss out on some very incredible moments. Learn to manage your caregiver stress

Diane Carbo Registered Nurse has more than thirty five years in the nursing field. Her experience as a geriatric care manager, makes her uniquely qualified to help those who want to live out their lives in their own homes. That decision may be made when you are 20, 30, 40 or in fact at any age, with sooner rather than later being ideal. Diane has developed a web site to make people aware of issues and options. You will find a mountain of helpful information that will be continually updated. Please visit sign up for The Caring Advocate Ezine her free newsletter and receive a complimentary copy of the Home Health Care Planning Guide.


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