Caregivers who accompany their loved one trough Alzheimer’s difficult journey can attest that, the stress that goes with it, definitely takes a toll on their own physical and mental health. This is why is very important for caregivers to prepare themselves for the challenging tasks they have to face every day.
Stress management allows people to handle their emotions better.
Caregivers shouldn’t become overloaded with chores and worries. Instead, they need to have patience, empathy, and a strong will in order to perform their duties. We know this is easier said than done though.
So, take a look at some simple but effective things that can allow you to manage your stress a little bit better and –with enough time and practice– you’ll surely notice a difference in your overall wellbeing.
- Stick to a routine.
It can be easy to find yourself skipping meals or having trouble sleeping. Do yourself a favor: make a schedule for these things and stick to it as best as you can. Remember that a healthy body leads to healthy mind.
You don’t have to take hours upon hours and go on a spiritual adventure. But please take at least five minutes to meditate. Get in touch with your mind and feelings.
You can breathe deeply while thinking about things you’re grateful for; practice relaxation techniques; play your favorite song and mindfully listen to it with your eyes closed. Simple activities like these have been known to reduce stress.
- Schedule some time for yourself.
Don’t abandon your life. Keep a positive mindset by planning some leisure activities that you enjoy.
- Look for a support group.
Caregivers often feel pressured and alone. Look up for a support group and find people who can share what you’re going through. You and your family are not alone.
- Know when to delegate.
Don’t micro-manage. If somebody else offers to help out once in a while, let them. Don’t feel selfish for getting some extra time for yourself, chances are you need it.
If you’re taking care of a family member who suffers from Alzheimer’s, please take care of yourself as well. When you learn how to cope with the challenges of this disease, you also learn that it can have rewarding loving moments as well.
Enjoy them. After all, you’re doing a heart-felt, humane task.