Stress Reduction Techniques for Caregivers

Christine Kennard Health Pro
  • Finding tried and tested techniques to manage your stress levels is important for caregivers. Stress is, of course, part of life, but for caregivers acute and chronic stress  not only leads to mental and physical ill health, it also results in compassion fatigue and burnout. Here are a number of stress reducing techniques that will help you.

     

    All these activities can be done at home, so restrictive lifestyles because of caregiving obligations to a loved one with Alzheimer's is not a problem. Putting aside a bit of time on a regular basis to carry out the ones you find most effective will help you feel better, increase your happiness, your energy levels and help prevent all sorts of minor and possibly major illnesses.

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    Using Relaxation Technique to Reduce Stress

    Relaxation in this case does not mean sitting around watching TV. A relaxation technique takes you through the basic skills of relaxation and is not difficult to learn. The reduction in your stress levels and the health benefits  you will get once you have mastered the technique will be noticeable quite quickly. Relaxation techniques and training take as little as 15 minutes of your time a day.  

     

    Try this technique- Relaxed Breathing & Imagery Exercise

     

    Try this Easy Meditation exercise. You may find it helpful too.

     

    Using Positive Thinking to Reduce Stress and Depressive Thoughts

    People who suffer from anxiety understand the importance of thought and how it affects you. For example, if you think you will feel and be anxious, you probably will. If you believe you are going to panic, then you probably will. This exercise is about learning how to control your thoughts. By controlling your thoughts you can reduce anxiety, tension and the general effects of stress

     

    Try this Technique-How to Think Positively: a relaxation at home exercise

     

    Managing Situational Stress

    Most people find that caregiving leads to the experience of stress in certain situations. Imagine, for example, a loved one being incontinent in a public area or attention being drawn to you as a result of inappropriate behavior, and so on. The situations may vary and some, like vacations, come around in a predictable fashion. This sharepost looks at how to Managing Vacation Stress

     

    Managing Repetitive Thoughts

    I use this technique when I am under stress and find myself thinking about a situation or have concerns that keep repeating over and over (ruminating)with no resolution. First you have to recognize the symptoms of stress. The ‘Stop' technique works! Blocking ruminating thoughts help you cope better and reduce your stress levels. Try this-Stopping/reducing repetitive thoughts

     

    Managing Overwhelming Stress

    Sometimes stress becomes overwhelming and irrational. Here are some ideas and Techniques for Coping with Stress Storms.

     

    The Importance of Seep, Good Diet and Exercise to Reduce Stress

    Remember, a well balanced diet, regular exercise and, as far as is possible, a good 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night will also help reduce stress and increase your resilience.

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    Medical and Professional Help to Assist you Manage your Stress

    Counselling and supportive professional relationship or medical intervention may be required to give you further help. An accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment or treatment package from a family doctor, psychologist or, in some cases, a psychiatrist, can be a great help to caregivers overwhelmed by stress. Medications are available that can help. It does not mean that you stop using your relaxation techniques. You can still use them!

     

    More Information on Stress

    How Stress Affects the Body

    Can Stress Cause Memory Problems

    Stress Aging and the Brain

    Seven Tips to Help Overcome Stress & Anxiety

     

     

Published On: December 11, 2009