Dealing with the unique and constantly evolving challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia takes its toll on every family member, especially the primary caregiver.
Caregivers are known for putting their loved one's needs above their own. While the goal is to give your aging loved ones the best quality of life possible, you also need to understand the importance of taking care of yourself. Finding ways to relieve stress is the first step in doing just that!
Time-Outs – If you are having a particularly stressful day, don't be afraid to give yourself a time-out. Take 20 minutes and close your eyes, focus on slowing your breathing, and just relax. You'll be surprised how much better you feel.
Yoga – Practicing yoga is a great way to reduce stress by allowing us time to slow down and focus on meditation. You can even try yoga with your aging loved one!
“You Time” – Ensure your “you time” by scheduling some of your favorite activities - at least twice a week. Not sure what to do? Try a bubble bath or make time to sit down with that book you've been meaning to start!
Ask for Help – Most importantly, never be afraid to ask for help. After all, we are human, and can all use a hand from time to time. Asking for help is perfectly normal and very wise.