Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be stressful. It's important for caregivers to take time for themselves and find ways to manage their stress. Setting aside time each week to connect with friends, family, or even just take a walk can help reduce stress levels. Additionally, establishing a good sleep routine, being physically active most days of the week, eating a healthy diet, and drinking lots of water are all important steps to take in order to reduce stress.
Unfortunately, many caregivers have difficulty sleeping due to the stress associated with caregiving. It's important to recognize and eliminate the three automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) that can sabotage your mental health. We've found an infographic that lists the 10 best ways to relieve stress for caregivers. At first glance, these tips may seem generic, but they are highly recommended for reducing stress levels.
Save or print the image (or simply bookmark this web page) to remember these top 10 techniques for relieving stress and coping with caregiving. Statistics show that between 40 and 70% of caregivers suffer from depression due to the stress associated with providing care. Medicaid caregivers get paid for their work, but Medicare caregivers don't, which is an issue that needs to be addressed.