Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Fun Ways to Relieve Stress
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. We all face stressful situations from time to time, and it is important to accept the fact that stress can never be completely eliminated. However, there are several simple, and rather interesting, ways to prevent stress before it gets out of hand.
Here are some stress-relieving mechanisms that just might be your ticket to a more peaceful life.
1. Get quiet every once in a while.
Switch off the TV, your cell phone, the computer. An information overload can cause stress. Appreciating silence can help you to feel more relaxed and peaceful.
2. Read books that nourish the soul.
Books containing positive affirmations, daily meditations or uplifting stories will help you to feel better and restore your belief that life can be good.
3. Quit reading/watching the news.
Especially at night before you go to bed. If you feel stressed reading about or listening to the news, avoid it. Bad news stories can make you feel worse. It’s okay to switch off from negative world news if it upsets you, it doesn’t make you a less responsible person.
4. Laughter is healing.
Laughing is good for the soul and can boost your mood. Rent a comedy DVD, go see a funny film, buy ticket to a comedy show or read a book that will make you laugh.
5. Listen to music.
Choose music that energizes and inspires you; listen to your favorite tunes. Sing along as loud as you can if you like. Music helps to improve your mood.
6. Get creative.
Art, sculpting, poetry – accessing your creative side can help remind you of what’s really important to you. Don’t worry about being “good at it” just enjoy the process of creating something.
7. Treat yourself.
Every now and again treat yourself to something you like, it doesn’t have to be an expensive item. A new haircut, a mug of rich hot chocolate, a new app, or game can provide a temporary boost and lift your mood.
8. Pursue spirituality.
Spiritual people are reported to experience less stress than those who have no spiritual beliefs. Go to church, learn Buddhist meditation, join a yoga group. Spirituality takes many forms – choose something that appeals to you.
9. Stop smoking.
Quit smoking if you can. Smoking may seem to relax you but nicotine is actually a stimulant. Quitting may be stressful in the short-term, but the long-term benefits to your health and well-being are enormous. Get professional advice to help you quit once and for all.
10. Do something kind for someone you don’t know.
Random act of kindness can help to boost your mood and another person’s mood. Do something simple and kind for someone you don’t know so well, a coworker or neighbor you rarely speak to, for example.
11. Try aromatherapy.
Many aromatherapy oils are known for their relaxing properties. Add a few drops to your bath or make up a soothing oil to rub into your skin, lie back, relax and enjoy the soothing aromas they give off.
12. Arrange to spend time with family and friends.
Spending time with the people you love can help you to relax, have fun and remind you of what is really important in life. Getting back to your roots is therapeutic.
13. Spend time outdoors.
Reconnect with nature. A walk in the park, countryside or on the beach can help relieve stress. Take time to notice the plants, trees, flowers and wildlife you see. The natural world contains many beautiful things that can help to remind us that life is precious.
14. Go to an event.
Go to watch something you enjoy. A sports match, a show at the theater, a musical concert, a live band – whatever appeals to you. Carve out time to go see something that will energize or inspire you.
15. Watch a sunrise or a sunset.
There is something special about the stillness of dawn and something profoundly beautiful about the colors of a sunset. Soothe and nurture your soul by enjoying these simple, natural pleasures.
To speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for watching today’s Monday Mojo for Caregivers and we’ll see you again next week!