Caregiver Stress Busters

As a family caregiver, taking care of an older adult can be stressful and overwhelming. You want to give them the best care possible, but you also need to take care of yourself. We all know the classic stress busters like exercise, meditation, and deep breathing, but here are 10 simple stress busters you probably never thought of:

Focus on You!

Get Creative

  • Create a vision board: Take some time to visualize your goals and aspirations, and then create a physical representation of those goals in the form of a vision board. Use pictures, quotes, and other motivational materials to create a board that inspires and motivates you.
  • Try an adult coloring book: Adult coloring books are a popular way to de-stress and unwind. These books have intricate designs that allow you to focus your mind on something other than your caregiving duties.
  • Learn a new skill: Taking up a new hobby or learning a new skill can be a great way to take your mind off of your caregiving responsibilities. Consider taking an online course or joining a local group to learn something new.

Be Mindful

  • Make a gratitude jar: Every day, write down something you’re grateful for on a small piece of paper and put it in a jar. Over time, you’ll have a collection of positive affirmations that you can read when you need a mood boost.
  • Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness is a technique that involves being fully present in the moment and paying attention to your thoughts and feelings without judgment. There are many apps and resources available to help you get started with mindfulness meditation.
  • Take a digital detox: Unplugging from technology can be a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. Consider taking a break from social media, email, and other digital distractions for a day or two each week.
  • Try laughter yoga: Laughter yoga is a fun and unique way to relieve stress. This practice combines deep breathing with laughter to help you feel more relaxed and happy.

Focus on Self-Care

  • Create a self-care kit: Put together a kit of items that help you relax and de-stress. This could include things like aromatherapy candles, a soft blanket, a stress ball, or your favorite book.
  • Volunteer: Helping others can be a great way to reduce stress and boost your mood. Consider volunteering at a local organization or offering your caregiving services to someone in need.
  • Take a mini vacation: You don’t have to go far to take a break from your caregiving duties. Consider taking a day trip to a nearby city or spending a night at a local hotel to recharge your batteries.

The possibilities are endless! Remember, what works for one person may not work for another, so it’s important to experiment with different things and find what works best for you. By taking care of yourself, you’ll be better equipped to provide care for your loved one.

Disclaimer: The content on this site is meant for general informational purposes and should not be considered professional advice. While we strive for accuracy, we recommend consulting experts for specific guidance. We are not responsible for any decisions made based on this information.

Liz Craven
Liz Craven

Liz Craven, co-publisher of Sage Aging ElderCare Guide alongside her husband Wes, brings a blend of personal experience and heartfelt dedication to her work. Their path in eldercare started with a family story — caring for Wes' grandmother, Mabel, who faced Alzheimer's. This personal chapter not only highlighted the complexities of eldercare but also ignited their passion to support others in similar situations. Later, Liz and Wes filled the caregiver role three more times for their parents. Through the Sage Aging ElderCare Guide, Liz offers a mix of empathetic insight and practical advice, making eldercare more approachable and less daunting for families. Her commitment shines through in every piece of advice, aiming to ease the journey for others as they navigate the world of eldercare.

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