Mayo Clinic's Tips to Avoid Caregiver Stress

February 10, 2015

The Mayo Clinic has compiled a list of tips and strategies for dealing with caregiver stress.

Recently there has been an increase in caregiving by those who are not health care professionals.

More than 65 million Americans help with the care of a loved one. With an increasing number of caregivers, comes an increasing amount of caregiver stress. 

The MayoClinic points out these 5 signs of caregiver stress:

  • Feeling tired most of the time
  • Feeling overwhelmed and irritable
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Gaining or losing a lot of weight
  • Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy

Also some great tips for helping even more the patient or resilient person's stress: 

Accept Help

Be ready with ways other people can help you, let the helper decide how they can help. For example: take the person you care for on a walk a couple of times a week. 

Focus On What You Are Able To Provide

Don't give in to guilt. Feeling guilty is normal, but understand that no one is a "perfect" caregiver. You're doing the best you can at any given time.  

Get Connected

Organizations like the Red Cross, the Alzheimer's Association, and local hospitals have classes of other resources available on caregiving and the specific disease your loved on is facing. 

Join A Support Group

Support groups offer a great option for advice and encouragement from other caregivers. 

Seek Social Support

Stay connected emotionally with family and friends. Set aside time each week for socializing. Many caregivers have said that their social support system was the key to dealing with caregiver related stress.  

Set Personal Health Goals

For instance, set a personal health goal to exercise most of the days. Watching your diet is also crucial. 

 See Your Doctor 

Keep up to date with recommended screenings and immunizations. Be sure to let your doctor know when you become a caregiver.  

Autumn Forrest

For further online Caregiver resources and information visit Live Oak's Caregiver resources section. 

 




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Blog

How to Avoid The Increasing Costs of Lift Assist Calls
How to Avoid The Increasing Costs of Lift Assist Calls

May 03, 2019

Continue Reading

How To Conquer Falls With The IndeeLift H.F.L
How To Conquer Falls With The IndeeLift H.F.L

January 17, 2019

Suffering a non-serious fall requires a swift response and personal assistance. However, the assistive tools and techniques to help those who have fallen are limited.

Continue Reading

Invisia - Gorgeous Grab Bars For Your Bathroom
Invisia - Gorgeous Grab Bars For Your Bathroom

June 14, 2018

Increase your independence and protect your privacy in the bathroom with Invisia’s stylish bathroom supports. Preparing for and planning a supportive environment around the home is essential - and your bathroom is the perfect place to start. 

Continue Reading