6 ways to ease caregiver stress
Being a caregiver is a stressful job. Taking care of someone else is physically and emotionally challenging. Caregiving not only involves helping someone complete everyday tasks, but also navigating the uncertainties of a life-changing diagnosis or injury.
If you’re dealing with caregiver stress, here are 6 ways to help fight it:
1) Find a support network. When you’re taking care of someone else, the desire to vent your frustrations is natural. If you don’t have a trusted friend or relative to talk to, seek out a caregiver support group in your area. You can also create a GiveForward Page, where you can rally an online community to give and receive meaningful support.
2) Educate yourself. Take the time to learn as much as possible about the disease or condition of the person you’re caring for. Understanding symptoms and feelings will make you more empathetic and give you perspective on the importance of caregiving.
3) Set aside time to relax. Like with any stressful job, it’s important to find time for yourself when caregiving. Do something you enjoy like reading a book, painting, or watching Netflix. This will not only relax you, but connect you with your personal interests and dreams.
4) Mix up your schedule. Sometimes, keeping the same daily routine is boring and increases caregiver stress. Try switching up your duties or getting your community involved in them. People can organize meal deliveries with GiveForward’s Give a Meal tool, which will increase the variety and human interaction in your day.
5) Take care of yourself. If you’re short on time and overwhelmed, skipping workouts and eating french fries is easy. But a well-balanced diet and exercising daily (even if it’s a quick walk around the neighborhood) will make you feel better about yourself and the world around you.
6) Seek expert help. If it feels like you’ve tried everything and you’re still experiencing caregiver stress, it may be time to consult with a professional who can help you dig deeper into your symptoms and make a recovery plan.
Caregivers are exceptional people who make life easier for those facing challenges. But it’s important to recognize that caregivers experience stress, too.
Do you know a caregiver who could use extra support and resources? Start a GiveForward Page for them today to show them they’re not alone.