Being a family caregiver or taking care of a friend can be rewarding, but it is also going to cause stress and anxiety. When a person is trying to find a way to reduce stress in their life, taking care of a parent or other individual is only going to compound things.
Caregiver stress can cause burnout, which can be devastating.
Burning out of any type of job or other responsibility can have lasting consequences people often overlook. It could not only affect the caregiver, but also the person relying on them, other family members, friends, and more. It can also have a direct impact on one’s health, such as in the form of prolonged stress that leads to anxiety that leads to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious health issues.
In order to reduce stress, sometimes people need to be proactive.
There are plenty of ways caregivers all across the country reduce stress and make the right decision for themselves and those they care about most. Below are three ideas that could help the average caregiver reduce stress and start taking better care of themselves. Remember, if a person doesn’t take care of himself or herself properly, they may not be able to support someone else in time.
Idea #1: Spend more time with friends, a spouse, and others.
Most people have numerous friends, a spouse, siblings, and other family members who they don’t get to see very often because of their busy schedules. When taking on the role of a caregiver, time is going to be even thinner. That means it’s going to be much more difficult for them to actually spend quality time with people who matter the most, and that can increase stress.
Idea #2: Exercise.
Many people give up exercising, eating right, and doing other things they enjoy because they don’t have time. In order to free up time for exercise, consider home care support.
Just 15 minutes a day of solid cardiovascular activity can be extremely beneficial at not just improving overall health, but also in reducing stress.
Idea #3: Eating healthy.
If a person does not eat healthy, if their body is not getting the nutrition needs, it’s going to lead to an increased risk of various health issues as well as low energy, increased fatigue, and possibly even more stress.
Taking the time to prepare a healthy meal, sitting down to enjoy it, and doing so while spending more quality time with friends and other family can be done when people rely on the right home care support.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Boynton Beach, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112. Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.
“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.
Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.
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