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Staying Positive as a Family Caregiver: Three Simple Steps

Caregiver Stress in Great Neck NY

Being a family caregiver is an incredibly stressful job. Most family caregivers don’t think about it as a job when they first agree to take care of an elderly family member. They see it as their responsibility or they might feel guilty if they don’t volunteer to help out.

After a while, stress as a caregiver will build. 

Caregiver Stress in Great Neck NY

Caregiver Stress in Great Neck NY

It won’t take long. It could be a few days, a week, a couple of weeks, or maybe a few months, but eventually a family caregiver will begin experiencing a tremendous amount of stress. They may begin devoting more and more time to supporting their loved one, and that means less and less time for their own personal life.

The will start to feel as though they can’t get everything done in the day, no matter how early they get up or how late they go to bed. The work they provide as a caregiver might impact their own relationships, including friendships and marriage and even their work.

When stress begins affecting every part of your life, you need to find a way to not just stay positive, but take control of your life again. Below are three simple steps that might just help the average family caregiver stay more positive, healthier, and in a better position to be the kind of support the senior needs at this point in his or her life.

Simple Step #1: Make time for yourself. 

It sounds simple, and it is. “But how can I make time for myself,” you might be thinking, “if I constantly need to be there for my mother?”

You look into the prospect of a home care aide. A home care aide hired through an agency can support your mother for just a couple of hours a day, eight hours a day, or full-time, around-the-clock care, if needed.

Just a few hours a day may be more than you need to focus on yourself and that can help you stay positive and alleviate a lot of stress.

Simple Step #2: Limit your care. 

You need to set limits on your time. This means limiting just how much care and support you offer. If you don’t set limits, you can often find yourself devoting more and more of your time and energy to someone else.

That’s going to make it difficult for you to stay positive and limit stress in your life.

Simple Step #3: Get exercise. 

When you exercise, it helps to release endorphins in the brain. These endorphins help you feel better. When you feel better, you’ll be more inspired to exercise and take care of yourself. That will lead to lower stress levels, less anxiety, and a more positive attitude.

If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care for seniors to reduce caregiver stress in Great Neck, NY, or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!

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Stephen Sternbach

Chief Executive Officer at Star Multi Care
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.

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