As a caregiver you’re going to encounter so many situations that contribute to your stress levels. Learning how to bust stress quickly is vital.
Make a Cup of Tea
There are entire nations for whom just the act of making a cup of tea is incredibly calming and soothing. Even if you’re not British, tea can be a great choice for you. If you go with herbal tea, you’re getting a little bit of awesome from the herbs and you’re also hydrating. All of this is good news.
Take 10 Deep Breaths
Close your eyes and take 10 really deep breaths. Try to make each one longer and deeper than the one before it. Hopefully by the time you get to your tenth deep breath, you’re already a lot calmer and more relaxed than you were when you started out.
Check out Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is the concept that what we smell and what we breathe in can have positive effects on our bodies and our minds. Calming oils, such as lavender, can do their job fairly quickly. If you don’t know much about aromatherapy, do some research and work with a licensed aromatherapist before going out and buying a bunch of oils.
Go for a Strenuous Workout
Some stressful situations come with a bonus of adrenaline. When that happens, you need to put that extra energy somewhere. A strenuous workout, even a short one, can help you to burn off excess stress and adrenaline and help you to calm down. As a bonus, it’s also going to help you stay healthier, too.
Write Down What You’re Grateful for Right Now
The second you start to feel super stressed, grab a piece of paper and write down several things you’re grateful for right now. Anything and everything counts. You might be frustrated with your senior, for instance, and jot down that you’re grateful she takes a nap in the afternoon. That’s perfectly fine and might even make you laugh later.
Look at Some Greenery
For some people, just being in or looking at nature is incredibly calming. If you can, look out a window at trees, flowers, or anything natural. That’s not always available, of course, so pictures can help, too.
With most of these quick breaks, you don’t even have to leave the house or the room you’re in with your aging adult. When you give yourself more little breaks like this, you’ll start to appreciate what they can do for you and how they can break up stressful moments.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN WEDDINGTON, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.