Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Things You Can Do To De-Stress After a Day of Caregiving
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. Sometimes when we’re exhausted, we gravitate toward activities that drain us even more. Or we think we don’t deserve to take a break, so we ignore our body’s signs for rest. But only in helping ourselves can we help others and do good work.
Try these strategies for shifting from caregiving to home mode to de-stress.
I know most of you must be thinking that you don’t necessarily have time to unwind and relax but don’t worry, many of these activities only take a few minutes. They can truly help you relax, refresh and recharge.
- Step outside. You don’t have to leave or go anywhere in particular. Just step outside, close your eyes and take 10 very deep breathes. Then open your eyes and take another 30 seconds to just appreciate the world around you. Listen for the sounds of nature; Look at the sky, the trees, and the flowers.
- Turn on the radio or play a CD of soft, soothing music. This will not only help you, it well help calm your loved one.
- Sit in a chair or lay on a couch while slightly elevating your legs. Close your eyes and let your mind rest. Don’t allow yourself to focus on anything in particular. Just let your mind wander freely.
- Do a full body assessment. Is your upper body tense? Jaw tight or hands clenched? Are you scowling? Being aware of how your body is holding stress, and make a conscious decision to relax and let it go.
- And last, regardless if you’re male or female, if you can immerse yourself in a hot bath and force yourself to relax, you will not only be doing your body a favor, but your mind as well.
You can also try some deep breathing. Stretch. Take a quick power nap. Watch your favorite television show. These are all things you can do to escape from your caregiving responsibilites and refresh. It will ultimately make you a better caregiver to your loved one.
And last but not least, caregivers often find that attending a caregiver support group gives them the chance to not only share and learn how other caregivers are coping with caring for someone with a memory impairment, but that they make new friends along the way.
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