Being a family caregiver may seem like a natural act of love, but it’s also one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do. If you have your own home and family, you’ll be balancing time spent with your mom or dad and time spent with your spouse, children, and pets. You’ll also be managing upkeep of two homes and likely holding a job at the same time. It’s a challenge that can prove to be very stressful. Avoid extra stress by following these tips for bringing harmony to your life.
Hire Specialists for the Hard Work
For things like cleaning and home repairs, don’t feel like you have to do it all. Hire cleaners or home care providers to take care of light cleaning tasks. If your mom or dad’s home needs repairs, consider hiring a contractor to tackle those tasks. This leaves you with more time to spend doing enjoyable activities with your mom or dad.
Reduce Stress With Meditation
Meditation is something you can easily do with your mom or dad. You just need a few minutes per day to take time to meditate. Head out to your mom or dad’s gardens to enjoy the sun and sounds of nature or join a Yoga or Tai Chi class wit your parent.
Watch a Movie Together
Let a movie take you to a new world for a couple hours. Pick a movie that you and your parent can enjoy together, make some popcorn, and then sit down and relax. Comedies are a great choice as laughter is a good way to relieve stress.
Go For a Walk
Go for a walk with your mom or dad and let the fresh air reduce stress. The Anxiety of Depression Association of America states that physical activity, like a brisk walk, helps produce endorphins that reduce stress and make you feel better.
Take Time for Yourself
One of the most important things you can do is hire a home care service to provide you with much-needed respite. You can have these professional caregivers come in once a week, a few times a week, or every day, but you’ll need their help. When they’re offering support and care to your mom or dad, take some time to relax with friends or family. Make sure you set a little time for yourself too. Read a book, surf the web, or head to your man cave for a movie and a pint. How you spend your free time is up to you but make sure you do schedule time alone by arranging for professional caregivers.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in New Brunswick, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.
Prior to assuming his current position, Judah served as assistant administrator at Atlantic Coast Rehab (Lakewood, NJ) as well as Hunterdon Care Center (Flemington, NJ)
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