Are You Coping with Emotional Stress in Your Caregiver Experience in Healthy Ways?

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Being a family caregiver for your elder loved one is stressful. In fact, adults who take on the responsibility of caring for their elder parent are much more likely to experience stress and its consequences than those who don’t. This stress is increased dramatically when your parent is dealing with a serious health issue, a progressive challenge, or otherwise has serious needs.

It is essential for you to manage this emotional stress in healthy, constructive ways so you can protect your mental, emotional, and physical well-being, and be the best caregiver possible for your senior.

Elder Care Ashland OH - Are You Coping with Emotional Stress in Your Caregiver Experience in Healthy Ways?

Elder Care Ashland OH – Are You Coping with Emotional Stress in Your Caregiver Experience in Healthy Ways?

Some healthy ways to cope with emotional stress in your caregiver experience include:

Rely on your friends and family to be there for you, provide emotional support, and give you comfort.

Maintain your hobbies. They are not a waste of time. Rather, they give you something to help you relax, give your mind a break, and give you a sense of control, accomplishment, and self as you care for your elder.

Find a relaxation method that works for you and use it regularly. This could be yoga, tai chi, meditation, breathing techniques, or anything else designed to relax you.

Maintain a healthy body weight. Being excessively over or underweight increases stress and worsens the complications associated with it.

Make sure you stay physically active, exercising at least 150 minutes per week.

Eat a healthy, balanced diet with the nutrients your body needs to give you energy, ward off illness and infection, and make you feel your best.

Set aside time for “me time” every week. During this time, do something you enjoy, not more errands or requirements.

It is important to never forget about yourself and your own needs when you are a family caregiver. While it’s normal for you to focus on your parent and want to devote as much time and energy to them as you can, overlooking yourself can lead to extreme stress, exhaustion, and other serious problems. You may even find your health, relationships, and quality of your care suffering.

Instead, reach out for help. Having an elder care provider as part of your care network for your elderly loved one can make a huge difference in not just the care your senior receives, but also your quality of life. An elder home care services provider can take on care tasks for your parent on a regular basis, taking that pressure off you and letting you focus your energy and attention on other care tasks as well as taking care of yourself. The result is better care for your elder, and a healthier life for you.

If you are considering Elder Care Services in Ashland OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.