Quick De-Stressors for Caregivers

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Feeling the tension rise and your mood plummet? We all have such days, caregivers especially. Here are some speedy, easy ways to give yourself a lift:

1. Give a friend a hug. Yes, you read that right. It may sound odd because, after all, you're the one who could use a hug. But that simple act is a proven de-stressor, and even if the effects are brief, they're real. Even if you're not the huggy type -- or maybe especially if you're not the huggy type -- you'll notice the power of this primal physical contact. Asking for a hug never hurts, either. Most people are happy to oblige.

2. Fantasy shop. Go online or flip through some catalogs (with your credit card nowhere in reach!). Imagine you have all the money in the world. What would you buy in the next 15 minutes? The brain is stimulated by novelty, which is part of the allure (and stress-release) of shopping in a real store. But this way, there's no hangover when the bills come due.

3. Plan a getaway. Research shows that simply thinking about an escape triggers much of the same kind of relaxation as the real thing! It doesn't matter if you don't yet have the tickets, much less a blank spot on your calendar and the means to get away from your responsibilities. Seems that it's the anticipation and the thought process of planning that brings on its own mini-vacation.

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over 2 years ago, said...

I have been planning a trip for a month now and I notice it helps my attitude..I may never take this trip but planning it is all consuming.


over 3 years ago, said...

My Mother has copd (very severer) I've been trying my best to take care of her for almost three years the guilt that i feel, nothing is never enough, I,m working a full time job to help pay her bills, can't do anything for myself, can't go any where without her having anxiety attacks I feel so miserable. I love my Mother very much and feel really bad for her. She has been in a very hateful, lately.. I'm trying to keep my cool. I just want to run away and not look back:(


almost 4 years ago, said...

Thank you. Dan


about 4 years ago, said...

Great Article!


about 4 years ago, said...

All of it


over 4 years ago, said...

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over 4 years ago, said...

the truth! real people saying what is real to them...fantasizing does not work if it did, fewer people would be here..i am burned out mentally and phys...i get not help here..


over 4 years ago, said...

NEED SOMEONE TO HELP ME WITH CARING FOR MY MOM AND CARING FOR ME


over 4 years ago, said...

something new to try besides daydreaming I was dissappointed


over 4 years ago, said...

We are doing number three. It is what is keeping me sane yet making me feel guilty. Dad will be going into 5 days respite and we (hubby and I) will be going out of town for a much needed rest. Yet I start thinking but what if...(you can fill that in if you wish). My daughter today filled the number 1. She could see my stress escalating so she has been hugging me all afternoon and telling me she loves me. The tears have not stopped all afternoon. I am thankful that we have a respite in two days and then another respite next month that will take us out of town (This one is where the what if's always comes in.) I don't even care to mention the what if's because they sound so horrible and selfish.


over 4 years ago, said...

yes and i agree that all 3 are tried and true suggestions


over 4 years ago, said...

Good Morning,everyone: happy,happy valentines day.Make some beautiful blessed memories,today.Mrs Mary frances Bahm-Goodfriend,willows,ca


over 4 years ago, said...

How did you know how i was feeling!!!!!!!


over 4 years ago, said...

I do 1 & 2 already but felt guilty about taking the time for #2:) Oops, sorry, just a little humor or Freudian slip? Hadn't even allowed myself to really think about #3 because usually if I think it, I do it. Even though its not outrageous things I dream of, there's always the QUILT:@ So, thank you for some quilt free moments!


over 4 years ago, said...

I've done all these things....and felt a bit guilty for doing the fantasy shopping... vacation get-away planning, believing that I was wasting time. Turns out that I was actually taking good care of myself? Cool. That little boost in mood was a shot in the arm.


almost 5 years ago, said...

Number 3 is no. 1 on my list .... always daydreaming about going somewhere & always enjoy pix of friend's travels abroad :o)