Caregiver Stress in Jenkintown, PA
Overcoming stress can be extremely difficult, especially if you don’t feel like you have a lot of time during the day. As a family caregiver, you may not have expected to experience the amount of stress you’re actually dealing with at the moment. After all, you’ve been taking care of your aging mother or father or some other close relative; it shouldn’t be that hard, should it?
Just because you have a close relationship with the person who requires assistance, especially an elderly individual, that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be a difficult job. Many people incorrectly assume this is anything but a job.
The reality is that being a caregiver for anyone, regardless of their age, physical capabilities, or needs, is going to require a job like focus.
How to alleviate stress.
There are a number of things everyone can do to help lower the amount of stress they feel on a daily basis. One of the most important is to get exercise on a regular basis. When people exercise, they are increasing blood flow throughout the body (circulation) and that’s carrying oxygen and nutrients more readily to vital organs.
When the brain gets the proper level of oxygen and nutrients, it functions better. In fact, research has indicated that when people get more exercise, they have a tendency to experience or at least report lower stress levels than those individuals who essentially have a sedentary lifestyle.
During the winter it can feel a bit more challenging to get exercise, but there are plenty of ways to go about it as a caregiver. One of the easiest is to pick up your pace when walking, whether it’s from your house to the car, throughout the stores when you have to go shopping, or down the street from the parking lot to your office.
Another way to get valuable exercise is to take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator. Far too often people in American society today have a tendency to choose the escalator or an elevator over stairs because of convenience. All of those opportunities to get exercise and strengthen the leg muscles are being missed.
The more exercise you get in your daily routine, the better you should feel at the end of the day. It can also help set up a good night’s sleep, which reduces stress levels even more. Finally, if the stress you feel as a caregiver is too much, consider relying on experienced home care services to help out, at least for a couple of hours every few days. That should give you more than enough time to focus on exercise for yourself.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Jenkintown, PA, contact the caring professionls at Right at Home of East Montgomery and South Bucks County at 215-995-2674.
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