Caregivers in Danbury, CT - Try these Steps to Reducing Stress and Avoiding Burnout
The stress and rigor of providing care for a senior citizen, or disabled adult can lead to negative impacts on a caregiver’s mental and physical health. Not unlike any demanding job or career, caregivers can suffer from “burnout.” Here are four tips to prevent burnout, and how to recharge if you are feeling increased anxiety in your role as a family caregiver.
Tip #1: Ask for help
- Get a dialogue going with family friends about the struggles you may be facing
- Try to divide caregiving between family members or relatives close by. This will share the responsibility and provide you with a much-needed break when necessary. Get help from elderly home care to carry the caregiver load.
- Work with a volunteer from a church or homecare agency to call you routinely. This person can serve as the main point of contact for care updates to family members.
- Say “yes” when someone offers assistance and be willing to give up some control. Having a backup or go-to second caregiver can help you during emergencies.
Tip #2: Take Breaks
- Express feelings and share your day with friends and family rather than keeping difficulties to yourself. It will help get things “off your chest,” could provide valuable insight into a problem from another point of view.
- Set aside “you” time each day. 30 minutes, 1 hour, whatever the time is, take a few minutes to do something you truly enjoy.
- Try to laugh each day. Studies have shown that laughing more could make you live longer. As a caregiver, laughing can help ease tense situations with a care receiver, and your positive outlook will help lighten the mood.
Tip #3: Acceptance
- Focus on things you can control instead of blaming, becoming angry, or taking out your frustrations on a loved one. Caregiving is extremely difficult and some may feel the need to blame others for their situation.
- Share your feelings and find the silver lining in every activity. As a caregiver, the attitude and outlook you reflect will have a lasting impact on the care receiver.
- Avoid obsessing about providing care. “Tunnel vision” can lead to focusing solely on caregiving, and not on other important parts of your life like family, friends, and hobbies.
Tip #4: Take Care of Yourself
- Ultimately, the care you provide is only as good as your health. Exercise, eat well, and take care of yourself.
- Don’t skimp on sleep! Everything from memories, to rejuvenation of the immune system occurs when you get enough sleep. Sleeping less is a shortcut to getting sick and run down.
- Try meditating. Do yoga, go to a park, or give yourself time to think and reflect away from your caregiving environment.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Danbury, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at (203) 312-7920.