3 Exercises to Soothe Caregiver Stress

Caregiving is an inarguably stressful career. Spending most of your time and energy dedicated to someone else’s wellbeing is noble, but it’s not always easy. Stress tends to build, unnoticed, so remember to unwind and take a few moments for yourself. Even if your next day off seems miles away, there are plenty of recommended exercises to soothe caregiver stress. So, shake off the stress and give yourself the gift of these simple, mindful exercises.

3 Stress Relief Exercises for Caregivers

1. Meditation

Meditation doesn’t require a burbling brook, incense, or a soft pillow. Those things are nice, but they’re props to help you get to a better mental state. Meditation is simply a way to ground yourself, becoming more aware of your mood, your thoughts, and even your body. As little as ten minutes of meditating can help you focus and refresh. Start your day with a meditation session to set your frame of mind, and end the day with another session to sweep out the day’s worries.

2. Yoga

Yoga often conjures images of dimly lit studios and wind chimes, but again, those specifics are just props. With little more than a series of stretches, poses, and breathing techniques, yoga can change your state of mind. Whether you want to take a half hour class before or after work or take a five-minute stretch break to re-center yourself, yoga can work wonders on how you cope with stress.

3. Walking

While caregivers spend a lot of time on their feet, a pleasant stroll can do a lot to overcome stress. The combination of fresh air, the motion of your body, and the ability to let your mind wander can make a mid-day walk just the thing for undoing your stress knots. (Especially if you need a change of scenery.)

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Summer Outings With Your Senior Loved One

Now that the warm weather is reliably here, your senior patient will be eager to get outside. Consult your calendar, have a discussion and plan appropriate senior summer outings that cater to your senior’s interests and mobility level. Parks are a popular choice, but there are many other venues that can provide a relaxing afternoon and even reduce caregiver stress!

Summer Outings with senior

Boating

If you are near a river or a lake, boat tours are an easy way to enjoy the scenery. Some include dinner and music. Large cities with a river often offer architectural cruises so you can enjoy the landscape and the skyline from the comfort of a boat instead of walking all over the city. If your senior enjoys fishing, now is the time to seek out prime fishing spots, either from a boat or from the shore. Many areas allow seniors to fish without a license.

Local Summer Festivals

Summer is festival season in many towns. Check your town’s website and to see if any festivals are of interest to your senior. Also, verify the physical demands of navigating a festival. How far is it from the parking lot? Are there ample benches and restrooms? Do they offer a trolley or golf cart service so you can get around the attractions? Festivals often include musical performances, so if the music is a genre your senior enjoys, find out the show times! Arrive at the venue early to ensure a good seat.

Outdoor Museums

A temperate day is ideal for enjoying an outdoor museum. Pioneer museums are popular with all ages, and many have volunteers who perform indoor and outdoor tasks such as soapmaking and butter churning. Most outdoor museums are ADA (Americans with Disabilities) compliant, so trails are manageable for people who have mobility problems. Most museum areas are wheelchair accessible, and stairs have slip-proof treads and handrails.

Enjoy a Picnic

Everyone loves a picnic, but find a spot with beautiful scenery. Ask your senior which picnic foods he or she prefers and try to incorporate those into your meal.

To ensure your senior’s comfort on any outing, bring an extra sweater for well air conditioned venues and an umbrella if the clouds begin to roll in. Take bottled water and snack food. Offer restroom breaks and time to sit and enjoy the surroundings.

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4 Ways to Cope with Caregiver Stress

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Even if you only provide care for a loved one on a part-time basis, you know that the undertaking can be stressful. Strategies for coping with caregiver stress early on are essential. You need to find time to rest and nurture yourself or you may find yourself facing both emotional and physical side effects of long-term stress. Not only are you facing the stress of providing physical care, but you are also dealing with a type of loss of the loved one you knew in the past who has now become dependent.

Here are some ways to cope with the changes caregiving may throw at you.

  1. Take Time for Yourself First.

When you are on an airplane, the flight attendant will tell you to put on your own oxygen mask in case of an emergency, before you assist anybody else. This is because you cannot help others unless you have helped yourself first. Eat healthy meals, get enough sleep, and treat yourself to a fun evening every once in awhile.

  1. Communicate While Building a Support System.

Never be ashamed to ask for help. If brothers, sisters, parents, and other loved ones do not know that you need help, they cannot offer it. You may just need to vent to somebody who cares. Perhaps it would help you to have somebody come over and cook dinner once or twice a week. Let people know what you need.

  1. Seek Mental Health Care for Yourself.

The power of weekly or bi-weekly therapy becomes quickly apparent when you begin regular sessions. Therapists and psychiatrists are often well-versed in stress management techniques. There are professionals who specialize in this area. If you yourself are an elderly caregiver, make sure to find an appropriate therapist that is fully acquainted with that situation and that you can relate to.

  1. Hire a Home Health Aide.

In her book, To Survive Caregiving: A Daughter’s Experience, A Doctor’s Advice, Dr. Cheryl Woodson describes her own experiences with caregiver stress. One of her biggest pieces of advice is not to forget that you have needs. You cannot be Superman and do it all, and there is no shame in hiring help when you need it. Professional home health aides can provide excellent, compassionate care for your loved ones.

Caregiving can be burdensome when you are stressed out and struggling to balance that role with your life. But, when you are refreshed and taking care of yourself, it can be a wonderful way to bond with your loved one. For more ideas on how to care for yourself or your caregiving friend, contact us.

At the David York Agency, we are dedicated to providing the resources, advice, and high-quality home healthcare services that can make caregiving more manageable. For more information on David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. Our aim is to provide you and your loved one and the support you need to manage.

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