As a caregiver, it’s extremely important how to take care of yourself. The suggestions below will help you take care of yourself.
5 ways to reduce caregiver stress
1. Be realistic
It’s important to be realistic about your expectations from the person you are caring for. You also need to be realistic about what you expect from yourself and how much you can do.
2. Share your feelings
It’s important to find someone that you are comfortable talking about your feelings. This can be your partner, close friend, family member, a support group or a family health professional.
3. Be Positive
Try to focus on the positive side of things. Focusing on what the person can do as opposed what they cannot do can help make things easier. Remind yourself that there can still be times that are rewarding.
4. Take care of yourself
As a caregiver it’s critical you take care of yourself by exercising, eating right and finding ways to relax yourself. Take regular breaks by using respite care options through family members or home care agencies.
5. Plan your future
Planning for the future can help relieve stress. By discussing important subjects like estate planning, financial, legal, health and personal care with your family and the person in need of care you can significantly reduce future stressful situations.