Silver Creek offers respite care services for those needing short-term assistance for their loved ones. Whether you are going on vacation, need a safe place for your loved one to go while you take care of business or are recovering from an injury or illness, Silver Creek can provide that care and compassionate support in a safe, secure environment.
Respite Care for the Caregiver
When taking care of others as a caregiver it’s critical to remember your own well-being. Caring for a sick or dying loved one can exact a steep emotional toll, and lack of self-care can lead to high stress levels, jeopardizing your own health in the process. Here are some tips to help you keep your stress levels in check.
Tips for Reducing Caregiver Stress
- Eat nutritious meals – Binge eating and stress-driven urges for alcohol or sweets is closely related to stress factors in our daily lives, and can increase when we’re pushed to the brink. Curb cravings by placing a priority on getting enough sleep, making time for exercise and eating nutritious meals.
- Place a high priority on friendships and relationships – Close interaction with friends, family and spouses can play a huge role in overcoming stress. Neglecting them not only places stress on you, but them as well. Make time for family and spouses at least once or twice a week, and try to maintain close friendships with activities up to four times a month or more.
- Ask for help when you need it – As a caregiver, you’re the one administering care to someone who needs help. Just because someone needs your help doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your own personal need for support. Ask close friends or family for help with buying groceries, cleaning your home or running errands if you have difficulty completing them or finding time for certain chores. These activities can also double as social activities.
- Deal with bottled feelings – It’s fairly easy to set aside feelings when you’re busy caring for someone. However, it’s just as easy for those feelings to bottle up over time. Bottling up emotions can take an emotional toll, which can often manifest in physical issues such as slouching or heavy bags under the eyes. Release those feelings by speaking to a professional therapist or with someone you trust. Processing your feelings allows you to move on and make decisions that rectify them going forward.
- Say no – A lot of people have problems saying no to things, but you can’t do everything. Only take on the obligations necessary to your life and well-being. It can be especially hard to say no to friends and family, but often they’re the ones to whom we should be saying no. Don’t feel guilty; your time, health and well-being matters.
- Relax more – Relaxation is critical to health and the human psyche. Make time for enjoyable activities such as reading, exercise, attending a concert or simply going out for the night on a weekend. Although a fantastic party can relieve stress, more holistic activities such as yoga or meditation can help bring you back to center, helping you regain your focus and allowing past stresses to roll off your back.
Our trained professionals are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to offer a hand and relief for as long as you need.
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