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Managing stress is all about taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. Stress management also involves changing the stressful situation when possible, changing reactions to the situation when it cannot be changed, taking care of your health, and making time for rest and relaxation.
While peaceful meditation, exercising and enjoyable activities are great outlets for stress relief, the greatest protection against…Continue
Posted on January 25, 2012 at 9:00am
Family caregivers often find themselves running in emergency mode, and eventually the mind and body pay the price. Long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems. In fact, raised stress levels can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, and can speed up the aging process.
Take this quick quiz to determine if you are in control of stress or if stress is controlling you:
When I feel agitated, do I know…Continue
Posted on January 18, 2012 at 9:00am
Respite care may be the answer you have been looking for to get the rest and relaxation that you need from the daily caregiving grind. HELPGUIDE.org explains that respite care provides time off for family members who care for someone who is ill, injured or frail. Respite care can take place in an adult day center, the home of the care recipient, a residential setting such as an assisted living facility or nursing home, or even a vacation setting.
Effective, sustainable caregiving…Continue
Posted on January 11, 2012 at 9:00am
To be an effective caregiver, you must first care for yourself. If you reduce your burdens and keep a healthy balance for yourself, you will be in a better position to care for your loved one.
In addition to respite care for those much needed breaks, join a caregiver support group in your area to be able to share your thoughts, feelings and information with others in similar circumstances. Explore community resources such as adult daycare centers, in-home respite care and meal…Continue
Posted on January 4, 2012 at 12:05pm