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Caring for a loved one is both rewarding and stressful. While we are being asked to socially distance, the stress can be particularly acute. To help cope with the additional anxiety, consider the following strategies:
Take time for yourself. This can be a hard step to take, but giving yourself permission to put yourself first for a set time everyday can be very helpful in reducing caregiver stress. During this time, do something that is solely for you - read a book, listen to some music, watch a favorite TV show.
Get outside. Research has shown that being outside has a positive effect on mental health. Sit on your porch or take a short walk around your neighborhood - both are still ok to do as long as you remain six feet away from others.
Practice deep breathing exercises. There may be times when you feel completely overwhelmed by all that is going on, both at home and out in the world. Mindfully focusing on your breath can help provide calm. Inhale deeply through your nose and slowly out of your mouth until you feel more relaxed.
Maintain your social connections. Not being able to see loved ones can greatly contribute to stress and anxiety. While you may not be able to physically connect with friends and family, pick up the phone or FaceTime as regularly as you can.
Don’t try and do it all at once. Break your day into manageable tasks and know that it is ok if you don’t get everything done in 24 hours.
Join a support group or talk to a professional. A support group can be an invaluable resource to connect with others who know exactly what you are going through. Many, including Abramson Senior Care, are currently offering virtual support groups. If you are having an extremely difficult time, consider talking to a professional. A therapist can offer different coping strateiges and techniques that they can help you implement into your life.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, our Abramson Care Advisors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide advice and additional information on senior care services. Call 215.371.3400.