Stress Management: Tips and Techniques

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Here are some things that eldercaregivers can do to relieve stress:

1. Stay involved and active in something that you like to do.

  1. Take classes at local schools or community centers.
  2. Get involved in community affairs.
  3. Join social groups such as: card games, gardening, book clubs, art groups, craft clubs, horseshoes, bingo and support groups.
  4. Visit with family and friends.
  5. Encourage and accept help from others.
  6. Find out about community and Internet resources.

2. Deal with feelings.

  1. Accept sadness and anger.
  2. Discuss feelings with others, remembering your elder’s right to confidentiality.
  3. Treat yourself to something special every day, such as a favorite book, outdoor scene, hobby or window shopping.
  4. Be patient with yourself. Allow time for change.

3. Learn to relax.

  1. Exercise.
  2. Meditate.
  3. Listen to music.
  4. Do what you enjoy, such as watch a movie, talk with a friend or work on a woodshop project.
  5. Relax regularly in your favorite way.

4. Keep good health habits.

  1. Have regular physical exams.
  2. Exercise regularly.
  3. Eat a balanced diet.
  4. Avoid drugs and alcohol.
  5. Educate yourself about medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter.

5. Keep a sense of humor.

  1. Share a cute joke or photo.
  2. Laugh or at least smile for your health; laughter lowers the blood pressure and helps healing.
  3. When you’re feeling tired, stuck or frustrated, try humor to increase your energy and make the task seem lighter.

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