Are Your Words and Actions Causing Anxiety With Your Dad?

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Are you stressed? Are your words and actions increasing anxiety in not only you but also your dad? It’s a common issue with family caregivers. You’re stressed and struggling. Even if you don’t mean to give off a negative vibe, you are and your dad notices. He may start to blame himself and feel like a failure. It’s time to change this.

Senior Care Shelby OH - Are Your Words and Actions Causing Anxiety With Your Dad?

Senior Care Shelby OH – Are Your Words and Actions Causing Anxiety With Your Dad?

How to Stay Positive When You Feel Negative

One of the hardest parts of being a caregiver is keeping a positive attitude when you’re down. If you get up and just can’t find any way to show a positive side, change the daily routine. Take your dad out. A change of scenery may help. Spend a day at the beach listening to the surf or go to a nature preserve and spot birds together.

Stop and Rewind

If you realize you’re getting testy or anxious, stop and rewind. Apologize for snapping and tell your dad you just need a minute to breathe and reset. He’s human. He’ll understand and has likely lost his cool from time to time.

Whatever you need to do to change the mood, do it. Put on music and dance. Tell him you need to go outside for a walk and see if he wants to join you. Take the dog if he has one.

Take a Couple Days Away

If you can afford it, you could get away for an overnight stay or a long weekend. Pack a bag and any supplies you need, talk to your family members about your plans, and head out. If you can leave your dad behind, go for it. If not, there are still ways to have fun and bring him along.

Go to a spa where others will pamper you for a change. Bring your dad for his own spa treatments or schedule him for a fun activity while you head to the spa. You could set him up with a lesson with a golf pro or have him go on on a bus tour while you’re busy.

Do a Fun Event Together

If you enjoy a cold beer, book the two of you on a brewery bus tour. These tours are found in many cities and have you sitting back and enjoying beers in different breweries. Someone else handles the driving. There are dozens of other trips out there where a tour guide shows you the city and handles the driving for you.

It may be time to step away. Let a professional help your dad with daily activities. Work on reducing your stress and making moments with your dad lighthearted and fun. Senior care services do just that. Let a senior care aide help with meals, personal care, and housekeeping, and you focus on fun outings, rainy day games, and movie nights.

If you are considering Senior Care Services in Shelby 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: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.