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The daily demands placed on family caregivers can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, it can be extremely difficult to find the time to unwind. The good news is that there are several easy strategies that you can use to relax and renew your mind in just 30 minutes or less. Home Care Assistance of Greenwich encourages every caregiver to try these calming activities – the results can be extremely beneficial!
Deep breathing is a great way to eliminate stress and relax. Rather than puffing your lungs up with air, however, try breathing with your diaphragm. Place the palm of your hand on your abdomen and attempt to breathe in deeply. When you use your diaphragm, your shoulders shouldn’t rise and your chest shouldn’t puff out. The hand on your abdomen should move outwards instead.
Breathe deeply through your nose while using your diaphragm, hold your breath for ten seconds and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Given the vast improvements in oxygen delivery that this practice provides, just ten minutes of deep and meditative diaphragmatic breathing can alter brain wave patterns. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll be more likely to have a positive and upbeat attitude.
Stretch from Head to Toe
Stress is not just an unpleasant, emotional sensation. It is actually a physical condition as well. Stress can be retained in each of your muscle groups, causing you to feel sore and tense. Too much physical and emotional stress can even increase your risk of injury when lifting your loved one or helping him or her get dressed.
When you feel stressed, you should take a few minutes to stretch from head to toe while paying careful attention to areas that feel sore and overworked. This is also a good time to practice your diaphragmatic breathing, optimizing the full benefits of stretching. When your body feels loose, relaxed and comfortable, your mind will invariably follow suit.
Call a Friend
Stay connected with your social circle. A lighthearted conversation with a trusted friend can do wonders for your attitude. You can vent your frustrations, ask for help or simply engage in conversation that allows you to focus on other things. Even better, schedule help from a part-time hourly caregiver in Greenwich and grab lunch or spend time catching up with friends or enjoying your favorite pastimes. The break can help you return to your caregiving duties with a renewed outlook and spirit.
A brief chat, some light stretching and careful, controlled breathing will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your responsibilities as a caregiver. To learn more about caregiver respite, call 203-842-8863 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with a friendly Care Manager from Home Care Assistance of Greenwich. We’re here to help 24/7.