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5 Mental Breaks Caregivers Need to Manage Stress

Caregiver Stress in Putnam NY

Getting breaks every once in a while is important for people from all walks of life. No matter what kind of job you do, a break helps you not just to stay focused, but motivated, inspired, and healthy. For the average family caregiver, stress can be overwhelming at times.

Caregiver Stress in Putnam NYMany of these family caregivers are adult children, averaging about 49 years of age, and 80 percent of them are women (Forbes). There are many different ways people can get those mental breaks they need to not just alleviate stress, but continue supporting a loved one who may have few other options.

Mental Break #1: Exercising.

Exercising is incredibly important for people of all ages, from all walks of life, and in a variety of different help situations. It might seem like exercising is out of the question, especially if you barely have two minutes to rub together, but you can exercise just doing your regular routine.

If you’re walking from your car to the supermarket, walk at a brisk pace. If you have the option of taking stairs as opposed to an elevator or escalator, do so.

Mental Break #2: Reading.

When was the last time you read a good book? Maybe you haven’t had time to really read much aside from a few minutes in the evening, while you’re trying to fall asleep, so reading might not seem like an activity can actually do.

However, reading can provide many mental benefits and it can also help alleviate a lot of stress you may be feeling right now.

Mental Break #3: Walking.

As we mentioned in the first Mental Break, exercising is a great activity. Just walking instead of driving your car, parking as close to the store’s entrance as you can, or choosing a bus for a three block trip can be a great way to get some exercise.

It also allows you the opportunity to spend some time with yourself, disconnected from everything, and that’s a great stress relief.

Mental Break #4: Listening to music.

You might listen to music in the car while you’re rushing to your elderly mother’s house, for example, but is that really valuable?

You should take some time during the day to listen to music you love in a place you don’t have to worry about traffic, talking to people, or anything else.

Mental Break #5: Conversations with friends.

Have a good conversation with a close friend. It doesn’t have to be hours long, but 10 or 15 minutes could be a great stress relief for you.

If you don’t think you have the opportunity to do any of these things, hire a home care aide to help out and you will discover where you can find more time.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors to reduce caregiver stress in Putnam, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!

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Patricia Coffie, RN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.

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