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3 Simple Mental Breaks That Alleviate Stress for Family Caregivers

Caregiver Stress in Houston TX

Caregiver StressEvery once in a while you need a break. Sure, you’re a family caregiver taking care of a loved one, and while it’s obvious they need help, you also need some type of support and assistance. Over time you’re going to notice just how much of stress accumulates in your life.

That stress as a caregiver begins to impact all aspects of your life, from your health, the time you have, relationships, and maybe even work. It’s a good idea to get a break every so often. If you don’t take a break, even a short mental one, daily, you could end up forgetting why you’re doing this in the first place.

That can lead to arguments, a loss of patience, frustration, anxiety, and a number of health issues for yourself, not to mention those around you, including the senior relying on you.

Here are three simple mental breaks that can actually make a difference in reducing stress in your life as a family caregiver.

Mental Break #1: Soaking in a tub.

Doesn’t this sound great? Imagine closing the door, turning off the lights and having some candles illuminating the bathroom. Let children, your spouse, roommates, partner, or anyone else who may have access to you know you simply want to rest for a while.

Soaking in the tub for 20 minutes, 30 minutes, or longer can help you alleviate a lot of stress and anxiety from your body. It can also have wonderful benefits for your physical well-being.

Mental Break #2: Watching a great comedy.

Laughter is truly one of the best medicines out there. If you have certain comedians or certain types of comedy movies or television programs you love, watch one. You don’t have to do this every day, but at least once a week sit down, even if it’s just by yourself, and watch a good comedy.

You may even consider going out to watch a comedy show at a local club. The laughter can help you feel freer as a result.

Mental Break #3: Eating a delicious dessert alone.

It’s nice to have dinner with other people, but it’s also wonderful to go out, sit down, and have a nice, guilty pleasure such as chocolate mousse, tiramisu, chocolate cake, or some other type of dessert you absolutely love. By eating alone, you won’t have to feel guilty and you can spend some time just thinking about the things you need to do -later on that evening, the next day, or over the weekend- for yourself.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Cinco Ranch, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.

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Donna Wrabel

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