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Useful Stress Management Tips for Caregivers

By Jennifer Thompson, 9:00 am on

As a leading provider of elder care in Nashville, we understand better than most the challenges of caring for an aging parent or relative. Although caring for an elderly loved one is certainly a labor of love, it can also be quite stressful. Here are a few simple methods you can employ to manage your stress and improve morale.

Take a Break

If you’re caring for a senior loved one by yourself, make sure you take plenty of breaks. You won’t do your loved one any favors if you collapse from exhaustion, so it helps to call on family and friends to help you with various tasks like running errands or preparing meals. You might even consider respite care in Nashville to ensure you get periodic breaks to recharge. Everyone has off days, so if you or your loved one are experiencing one, step away for a few minutes. Go outside for some fresh air and get your mind and body back to a more mellow state.

Ask for Help                                                                        

Don’t assume your family and friends will automatically volunteer because it may not be apparent to them that you need help. Even if no one lives close by, emotional support is a valuable asset while caring for a sick or elderly family member. You must be up-front and keep others in the loop regarding your feelings and responsibilities. Some may not want to intrude, so it’s up to you to let them in. There are also hundreds of websites devoted to caregivers where you can find support from people in similar situations.

Accept Help When It’s Offered

Don’t be so proud that you won’t accept help, even if you have everything under control. It feels good to know others are willing to provide assistance and don’t want you to handle every aspect of caregiving alone. When you accept help, regardless of whether or not you need it, you will instantly feel less stressed knowing fewer items are on your to-do list.

Being the primary part-time or live-in caregiver for an elderly family member can be challenging, but know that help is available. Home Care Assistance of Nashville provides support for both families and their senior loved ones. Our in-home caregivers are reliable, empathetic, and available to help 24/7. For more information, call (615) 656-4999 and request a free in-home consultation with a friendly Care Manager.