5 Relaxation Ideas for Stressed Out Caregivers

By Annette Bratcher, 1:36 am on

The doctor’s appointment ran late; your boss is angry, your loved one is upset because you were slightly snappish, and your spouse is wondering where dinner is. Can you say stressed? At Home Care Assistance, we understand that juggling care for an aging loved one with home and family responsibilities is not always an easy task. This is why we’ve created a short list of relaxation ideas that can help overwhelmed caregivers unwind.

  1. Take some time for yourself. Whether it’s a class, a good book or a movie on your own, you are worth it! It is important that caregivers take time to tend to their own needs so they can relax and provide the highest level of care to their aging loved ones. Look into hourly home care for respite or see if a family member or friend can visit to give you a break, even if only a few hours.
  2. Break for a few seconds.Can’t get away? Take a 30 second break. Like counting to ten when your kids are driving you crazy, taking a few seconds or minutes, to get a grip on your emotions is vital to your relationship with your aging loved one. Visualize yourself someplace calming while breathing deeply.
  3. Try yoga or tai chi.Many caregivers often skip routine exercise as they are simply too tired to go to the gym or take a walk around the block. Fortunately, exercises such as yoga and tai chi offer an ideal solution. In addition to physical benefits, these exercises also include meditation, helping caregivers clear their mind from all the chaos going on. Trying these classes can allow you to focus on what’s really important.
  4. Talk it out. Talking out your concerns and problems helps immensely, whether with a family member, a friend or a professional. Many communities also have caregiving groups which can be a great source of relief. Talking to others who share common challenges is a great way to learn how to cope with caregiving and can provide assurance that you are not alone during this difficult journey.
  5. Be social. Overwhelmed caregivers often suffer from isolation as they spend most of their time caring for the needs of others. It is important that you stay social and try to maintain relationships with those around you, including your loved ones and friends. Staying social is key to positive emotional health and relaxation.

Now that you’ve had a chance to calm down, you’ll be much better able to care for all the curve balls life throws at you as a caregiver. If you are in need of a professional caregiver for your aging loved one, contact Home Care Assistance Denton at 432-695-6489 to learn about our respite care options and specialty care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s and more.