Caregiver Stress in Durham NH
It’s almost New Year’s Day again and that means New Year’s resolutions are just around the corner. A lot of people have a tendency to make New Year’s resolutions they don’t keep. For the family caregiver who may be dealing with a tremendous amount of stress, there are some resolutions that can make a positive difference in their life, not just for the coming year, but for the rest of their life as well.
Here are several New Year’s resolutions to consider making this year, whether they’ve had a tendency to let them go in January or February, or have incorporated them into their life for years to come.
Possible New Year’s Resolution #1: I will hire an experienced caregiver to help out.
Many people begin caring for an elderly loved one out of a sense of responsibility. They often assume it will be an easy job that will only require them to devote an hour or two every couple of days.
However, this is rarely the case. In most situations, the caregiver will need to devote more and more time to their loved one. By taking on this resolution and hiring an experienced caregiver from an agency, they can rely on some professional and experienced help for a couple of hours a day a few days a week or even full-time around-the-clock support.
Possible New Year’s Resolution #2: Get more exercise.
Giving up certain things in life to care for an elderly loved one may seem practical and reasonable at the time, but if giving up exercise is one of them, it’s time to get back to working out.
This doesn’t mean somebody has to go to the gym seven days a week; they can go for brisk walks, jogging in place for 15 minutes, or anything else that gets them at least 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day.
Possible New Year’s Resolution #3: Avoid fast food.
The busier family caregivers become, the greater the tendency to rely on eating fast food consistently. If that’s the case, a great New Year’s resolution is to give up fast food or limit it to one meal per week, at the most.
When the family caregiver focuses on increasing their level of exercise and eating healthier, they will begin to experience less stress in their life. That’s because exercise and diet can increase the production of endorphins in the brain, which will help them feel better and also fight stress.
If you or someone you know needs the help of caregiver services near Durham, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (603) 609-0166 for more information.
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