Caregiver Stress Fort Lauderdale FL
Stress. It can be potent. It can affect your life in many ways. It can negatively impact your health, career, relationships, and much more. There are numerous sources for stress in life and one of them is when you are taking care of an aging parent, such as your mother.
It’s easy to become a family caregiver.
Most of the estimated 44 million people taking care of an adult family member (AARP), whether it’s a disabled adult child, an aging parent, or someone else, usually take on this job because they feel it’s their responsibility or there are no other options.
There are other options, though.
The most significant option is to rely on professional and experienced home care services. For those who may be in the throes of work as a family caregiver, dealing with the stress that comes along with this job is important. There are numerous steps people can take to help themselves feel better, experience at least some of that stress dissolving away, and that leads to a healthier life for them and the person who relies on their support.
Nothing beats exercise when it comes to taking care of this stress as a caregiver. You may not feel you have any time to exercise, but you do.
Just 15 minutes a day could be more than enough to help scrape away some of the extra stress you may be experiencing as a result of your care and support of this senior.
A hot bubble bath.
At the end of the day, turn off the phone, run a nice, hot bubble bath, and let yourself soak in it, undisturbed, for 15 minutes. Don’t think about anything. Keep your phone out of the bathroom, tell people not to disturb you, and you may emerge feeling less stressed and less anxious.
A conversation with a friend.
We all have that one friend on whom we can count whenever we need it. You may not have talked to this person in quite some time, mostly because of your busy schedule. Make a change and call this person at least once a week.
A simple conversation can help you work through some of the challenges you’re feeling and that can help you feel much better and less stressed.
Go for a walk.
A quick walk around the block with no headphones, no phone, and no disruptions can help you clear your thoughts and mind.
When you’re in the car, why not turn on some of your favorite music? Forget the radio. Most radio stations today are nothing but commercials. That’s not going to help you alleviate stress.
Instead, pick up your MP3 player or insert a disk into the machine and let your favorite music surround you.
These are all simple ways to help you alleviate stress as a family caregiver, and most of them take no more than 15 minutes a day to accomplish their goal.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Fort Lauderdale, 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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