4 ways to reduce caregiver stress

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Sometimes, the stress of caring for the elderly, chronically ill or disabled people can lead to a condition called "caregiver burnout." To prevent this, one can do several things. Here are 3 of them:

  1. Exercise regularly. Being in shape can help one fight stress, and some exercises are great at releasing pent-up tension.
  2. Sleep and rest more. Body and mind need to recover from stress and repair the damage. 
  3. Make the job less taxing. Use tools that can make caregiving tasks easier. For example, use tuckable underpads that will stay put without requiring frequent adjustment. Use strong gloves that are not likely to tear and require a mid-procedure change. Use overnight protective briefs that will keep the patient dry longer and are less likely to leak and force an unnecessary trip to the laundromat to wash the linens. You get the idea:)
  4. Take a break. Sometimes, there is no substitute for a break. There is nothing wrong with asking for help or, if the situation allows, hiring someone to take over for a few days. Delegating some tasks to others can help lighten the load and put a caregiver back in control of the situation.

 

Read more at: http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/caregiver-advice-cope?page=2


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