Caregiver Stress Tips in Delray Beach FL
Finding time to exercise and eat healthy is not easy when you’re constantly on the go. If you’re taking care of an aging parent or other family member, believe it or not, whether you accept this reality or not, you are a caregiver. As a caregiver, you’re probably dealing with a tremendous amount of stress.
Perhaps you’ve recognized the symptoms. The difficulty sleeping, the lack of focus, short temper, and so much more. Stress can impact your relationships, career, and even the work you’re doing supporting that family member.
Since you don’t have a lot of time, below are three quick and easy stress busting exercises that may actually help you get at least a little bit of exercise every day. If it’s not enough, you are encouraged strongly to at least consider hiring a home care aide to help out, even if it’s for one day a week to start. Most people, when they do, realize the benefits an experienced home care aide can offer, not just them but the senior who needs assistance.
Quick and Easy Stress-Busting Exercise #1: Running up and down the stairs.
Any time you have to go up or down stairs, do it at a quicker pace. Make sure you’re going to be safe when doing that, though. It’s best to keep your hand on the handrail, but push yourself to climb those steps (especially) a little bit faster than you normally do.
The muscles in your legs will feel it first. After a while, you will begin feeling a bit more energetic and those steps aren’t going to take their toll on you as easily.
Quick and Easy Stress-Busting Exercise #2: Chair lifts.
When you’re just sitting down eating a meal, at the office, or anywhere else, grasp the edges of the seat on either side of you and pull yourself down harder into the seat. Then, you can push up with your hands, lifting yourself off the seat itself.
You’re not going to move yourself very far, but you’ll be working out some of the muscle groups in your arms and shoulders. It will help to get blood flowing throughout your body as well.
Quick and Easy Stress-Busting Exercise #3: Jog in place.
If, after a long day, you just want to relax and watch a little TV, you can take an opportunity to jog in place. There are approximately 20 minutes of commercials for every one-hour drama or reality show. If you only jog in place during the commercial breaks, that’s a pretty good exercise routine.
Getting some type of exercise helps to strengthen your heart, get more oxygen and vital nutrients flowing throughout the body, including to the brain, and that can help alleviate some stress in your life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Delray Beach, FL please contact the caring staff at Levin Home Care. Call (855) 980-6620
I am originally from Connecticut and grew up in the small town of Ellington.I have a diverse background in health care which I started at the age of 16.I became an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and volunteered with the Ellington Ambulance Post 512. Ellington was the only volunteer ambulance group that staffed EMS calls with high school students during the day with an advisor driver.I then became a member of the Ellington Fire Department Station 43 in 1990 and became fire fighter 1 certified in 1992. During my nine years as a volunteer fire fighter I obtained certifications in confined space rescue, cold water rescue, pre hospital trauma life support certifications to list a few.I had the opportunity to work on an Advanced Life Support Ambulance with American Medical Response based out of Stafford Springs, and also became an EMS certified Dispatcher for the same company.
I became a Florida resident in 2003 where I started my senior services career at an Assisted Living community in 2004/2005.Since then I have volunteered on the Alzheimer’s Association walk committee’s and have assisted with other charities in the community. I have been married since 2007 and we were blessed with our first daughter in 2008 and our second daughter in 2010.Our girls keep us quite busy with after school activities which includes gymnastics and softball. I enjoy fishing, free diving, watching football, and playing softball. I also enjoy camping and lots of family time making lasting memories with my girls.
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