Caregivers: A Few Ways To Reduce Stress

I read an article the other day that included a list to help reduce stress. I’m not going to repeat all of them, but these few are worth reading about:

Give you care-receiver a hug every day.

Remember to breathe deeply.

Choose one or two people you can depend on, to whom you can be honest, and able to vent to. This is one of the most important ones I read. So many times caregivers have family and friends who mean well, but they don’t listen well, and they do not understand what you are going through. They don’t know how to stand in your shoes.

That is another reason I published my book, Behind The Mask, so more people who are willing to help, will know what it’s like to stand in a caregivers shoes for a few hours.

My secret journal was the beginning of my new journey, Adopt A Caregiver. People do want to help, and they can, they just don’t know how. That’s why I say Adopt A Caregiver starts in the community. Your community. You hear about those folks who are new caregivers.

Email them, offfer to be their friend. Do not judge them, but do encourage them to vent. To write in a journal. To list three things each day they are grateful for.Even very small things count.

Smile as much as you can, and the last one is to try some aromatherapy. Spritz some lavender on your pillow at night.

Give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver and tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

I read this list from www.Home-and_Family/Elder-Care. Thank you for printing this list. It will help someone.

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