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Reducing Caregiver Stress

Sometimes in can be hard to take a breath and remember to care for yourself as well as your loved one. No matter how fulfilling or frustrating you find caregiving, support options can help relieve caregiver stress.

As you work with your loved one on managing their incontinence, you may have questions and concerns or just need some gentle reassurance.

  1. Healthy Lifestyle Habits

  2. Your caregiving responsibilities, on top of all the other obligations, probably keep you pretty busy and it can be easy to fall into some not-so-healthy habits to save yourself some time. Although it may be tempting to cut corners, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a nutritious diet and a steady exercise routine will go a long way toward reducing caregiver stress, with physical and emotional benefits. If you have limited time to cook, try looking up a 10 minute recipe online or mix together a healthy salad. If you don't have time to devote to a full exercise routine, try to incorporate fitness into your existing activities, for instance, taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator or walking to the store. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will give you that extra energy boost you need and help you to reduce stress.

  3. Taking Time for Yourself

  4. Caring for your loved one is an important task and likely often takes center stage in your life, making it difficult to remember there is one other very important person you need to take care of: yourself. Taking time for yourself will help reduce caregiver stress, elevate your mood and ultimately, make you a better caregiver. Buy that new book everyone has been raving about, join a club or designate a date night with a spouse and give yourself some time to unwind and enjoy your life outside of your caregiving responsibilities.

  5. Including Other Family Members

  6. Caring for a loved one is a big responsibility and it can be overwhelming to take on the whole task by yourself. Ask family members for caregiving support every once in a while when you need it. It could be something as simple as asking them to pick up some supplies from the store, keeping your loved one company while you take some time for yourself or even just listening to you on a bad day. These small tasks will not take up too much of their time and, seeing how hard you work, your family members would likely be happy to help out.

* The site does not offer medical advice and nothing contained in the site is intended to constitute professional advice for medical diagnosis or treatment.

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