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Helpful Ways to Combat Caregiver Stress

By Rick Cohen, 8:00 am on

While caregiving can be very rewarding, stress from the emotional and physical aspects of the role is very common. Stress puts caregivers at risk for declining health of their own, and it can lead to depression, isolation, chronic illness, and frustration. This is why it’s so important to take steps to care for yourself as well as your loved one.

Join a Support Group
Joining a support group for Milwaukee caregivers doesn’t just give you encouragement and a place to discuss the challenges of daily life, it can also help you learn problem-solving strategies and ways to cope with the stress.

Ask for Help
Many caregivers find themselves becoming more isolated as they care for their loved one, and many feel uncomfortable asking other people for help. You do not need to accept all of the responsibilities of caregiving alone. Try making a list of things that need to be done and asking friends, siblings, relatives, church members, and others to help.

Take a Break from Caregiving
You deserve a break, and your loved one may appreciate company from someone else. Even a weekend to yourself can help you recharge your batteries. If you do not have other family members or neighbors who can care for your loved one while you are gone, you may want to consider a Milwaukee home care agency.

Don’t Get Tunnel Vision
It can be easy to let caregiving consume you. Make sure you find time to explore other rewarding areas of life such as turning to a hobby or spending time with other family members.

Practice Meditation
A daily meditation practice can help relieve stress and exhaustion while improving your own wellbeing. Even a few minutes of deep breathing or mindful meditation after a tough day can make all the difference and give you inner strength.

If you need help meeting your loved one’s care needs or would like to learn about respite care, contact Home Care Assistance at (414) 964-8000. We offer high-quality live-in care for Milwaukee seniors as well as flexible hourly care. Having a professional caregiver in the home will give you the peace of mind you need to relax, recharge, and take care of your own responsibilities. Schedule a free in-home consultation to learn more about our custom care packages.