In the life of a caregiver, stress and burnout is very common, but even if you can’t eliminate it from your life, there are some ways to reduce the negative effects. Here are some suggestions.
1. Have realistic expectations
It’s normal to have some days that you are really stressed, but you can minimize how this stress affects you. Always think and try to be positive and have realistic expectations in your professional and personal life. Even when you have a bad day, try to focus on things that make you happy.
2. Take micro-breaks
Everyone needs some micro-breaks during the day, even just 5 minutes to have time for yourself where you can visualize positive things that can happen to you. If you can’t leave your older adult alone, just step outside the door and breathe some fresh air, leaving it open so you can still keep an eye on them.
Here are a few more ways to take micro-breaks that work:
- Close your eyes, slow your breathing, and count slowly to 10 and then back down to 1. Repeat.
- Drink a glass of water. Dehydration makes you tired, headachy, and cranky.
- Do some exercise – do 10 squats, 10 jumping jacks, and 10 lunges. Repeat until your body feels energized.
3. Get support
If you are overwhelmed, try to build a support team based on the resources available to you. Realistic ways to get regular breaks from caregiving:
- Gather and lean on your caregiving team
- Hire a few hours of in-home help each week
- Tap into local organizations and volunteer resources
- Find local respite care services
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