Managing Family Caregiver Stress

Posted by Erin Broughton on July 21, 2021

It’s not selfish to consider your own mental and physical health needs. However, they’ve probably been neglected as your loved ones needs take higher priority. It may be stressful to even think about the process of de-stressing. So here are some tips. Self-care is a challenging yet necessary journey if you want to continue to care for your loved one.


Reduce Stress

  • Learn to detect the early sings of stress such as headaches, low energy, lack of sleep, poor eating, and upset stomach

  • Try to pinpoint the sources of stress in your life, for example:

    • arguments within the family

    • lack of alone time

  • What can be changed and what cannot?

    • caring for your loved one is not going to change, but your approach can

  • Engage in stress relieving activities

    • painting

    • journalling

    • exercise

    • meditation

    • talking to a friend


  • What do you want to accomplish long term?

    • Re-kindle relationships with friends 

    • Maintain a healthy diet 

  • What can you realistically accomplish? For example:

    • take a break from caregiving for 1 hour, twice a week

    • see family and friends more often 

    • go out for dinner 

    • exercise three times a week 

Accept Help

  • To reach your goals you will probably need some help

  • Consider assistance from friends, family or home-care agency

    • make a list of tasks that could be done by other people

    • be prepared to ask more than one person

    • start at your own pace 

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