Caregivers are subject to a great deal of stress during their time offering care to others. Some days it’s easier to manage than it is on other days, but these ideas can help.
Practice Patience and Compassion
Having patience with your elderly loved one and the other people that you encounter during your days will help you to automatically keep stress in check. When you’re impatient, your stress levels are bound to rise along with your impatience. Maintaining compassion is also important, because people that you encounter are fighting battles of which you have no idea, even your elderly loved one.
Acknowledge that You Can’t Fix or Control Everything
Many family caregivers want to fix or control everything and when something goes wrong, they want to make it right. While this is admirable, it’s not realistic in the least. Once you acknowledge that you can’t control or fix every situation, you’ll find that it’s easier to maintain your perspective in most situations.
Ask for Help Regularly
All too often family caregivers are trying to do everything themselves. This is a recipe for stress because there is no way that you can do everything yourself all the time. Ask for help often. If you can’t get help consistently from friends and other family members, consider hiring elder care providers. No matter what your solution is, you have to find one that works for you.
Keep Your Sense of Humor
Without your sense of humor, life is pretty bleak indeed. Do what you can to find the funny in all of the different situations in which you find yourself. You’re likely overlooking quite a few opportunities for a good laugh. Something that’s easy to forget is that the better you hang onto your sense of humor, so too do the people around you.
Pay Attention to What Your Body Is Telling You
Family caregivers are pretty good at ignoring what their own bodies are telling them. If you need to move, then start getting more exercise. When you need sleep, rest. When you’re hungry, eat foods that are nourishing and not just empty calories. Start to listen to and to honor what your body is saying to you.
The bottom line is that when you feel stress pushing at you, do something right then to try to resolve it.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of caregiver services in Huntington, NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.