On #GivingTuesday, Five Ways to Manage Caregiver Stress
On Tuesday, November 28, charities, families, and businesses around the world come together for a common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. There is no more deserving group to celebrate on #GivingTuesday than the wonderful caregivers in our families, in our homes, and in the Home Care Assist network. Whether they are stressed family members or private-duty caregivers, it takes a unique mindset and incredible empathy to provide care. Often, caregivers set aside their own personal and professional lives to meet the needs of others. On #GivingTuesday and every day, Home Care Assist celebrates these people that give the most.
Five Ways to Manage Caregiver Stress:
1. Have realistic expectations
It’s impossible to eliminate all caregiver stress, but you can minimize the effect it has on you. Break large tasks into smaller steps and prioritize by making lists and establishing a daily routine.
2. Take small breaks
Even if it’s only for a few minutes, a break from the situation can change your outlook. It can be as simple as taking two extra minutes in the bathroom to do some deep breathing or visualization.
3. Talk to someone you trust
Talk to a friend, coworker, or neighbor about your feelings and frustrations. Stay connected with your social circle for emotional support.
4. Find a support group
A support group can provide validation and encouragement as well as problem-solving strategies. People in support groups understand exactly what you may be going through.
5. Hire help
While this might sound impossible, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Consider hiring a respite (part-time) caregiver for a couple of hours a week. Home Care Assist is a great resource for finding respite care.
Home Care Assist is committed to helping those in need of care as well as the family members who care for them. We know that caregiving can take a toll, and it is important that caregivers receive support to help them continue providing care while maintaining their own well-being. Too often, the sacrifices of these devoted family caregivers go unnoticed. Respite—taking a break, recharging the batteries, a little time away—is the cornerstone of this support. Search the Home Care Assist network of compatible, qualified caregivers to find your respite caregiver today. The road to begin your journey to manage caregiver stress starts today, #GivingTuesday.