Dealing with stress in families with Alzheimers

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Caregiver burnout is a serious issue among the caregivers, especially, when taking care makes you forget to take care of yourself. Dealing with stress is sometimes difficult, we would like to share some evidence-based tips for it.

Caregiver burnout is a serious issue among the caregivers, especially, when taking care makes you forget to take care of yourself. Dealing with stress is sometimes difficult, we would like to share some evidence-based tips for it:


  • Seek and accept help

  • Get educated

  • Maintain physical activity

  • Meditate

  • Practice breathing exercises

  • Be connected to others

  • Stay healthy


Seek and accept help


Let your family members, friends, employer know that you are having a difficult time and need support or assistance. There are multiple support networks - in real life or online, which are insurance-covered, volunteers networks or caregivers communities sharing best practices and supporting each other.


Get educated


Talking to the medical doctor of your loved one is the way to start - find out about the disease, its progress and what to expect in terms of health status deterioration. Depending on your location and the insurance, there might be various centers and agencies which can provide resources or services based on stage of ageing and disease.


Maintain physical activity


Every 10 min. activity per day counts! Walking outside improves the mood, also it is a good change of environment. Doing yoga or stretching could relax you both physically and mentally - reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed and stressed.


Meditate


Meditation helps to feel at ease and deal with anxiety, depression, pain, lack of motivation. A few mobile applications to consider for meditation: Headspace, Calm, Unplug).


Practice breathing exercises


Deep breathing exercises are shown to be an effective relaxation method.


Be connected to others


Share experiences with the caregivers in your area - find, e.g., Facebook groups based on your state or city, where struggles, success stories and various pieces of information are shared from other caregivers. You should find someone to talk about your feelings, struggles and plans.


Stay healthy


Stress is related to lack of sleep, over- or undereating, poor nutrition, increased alcohol consumption, smoking, lack of exercise and more. We recommend you have some planned self-care routine: eating regularly and healthy, sleeping 8hrs/day, showering, having some physical activities, planning and doing something fun, too!


This piece on Aichom Caregiver's Library aims to stress that self-care, connections with others, healthy lifestyle and access to resources are important to your well-being and better care of your loved one.


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