Sunday, April 4, 2021 (Healthday News) – Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be mentally and physically exhausting, so you need to take steps to control and reduce stress, says the Alzheimer’s Foundation.
“Finding ways to control and reduce stress is very important for all Alzheimer’s carers. Untreated stress can cause a physical, mental and emotional caregiver to burn out,” Education and Social Services Director Jennifer Reeder said in a press release.
The Foundation offers caregivers the following six tips to improve their stress management skills:
Be adaptable and positive. Your attitude affects the stress levels of both you and your loved one. Being able to “go with the flow” helps keep you both relaxed. If you get upset or upset, so will your loved one. Try to adapt the conditions to the conditions in an effective way.
Deal with what you can control. Keep in mind that some things, such as the corona virus epidemic, are out of your control. What you can control is how you react and react to these external factors.
Set realistic goals and slow it down. Not everything can be solved instantly and it should not be so, so do not have realistic expectations. Set priorities and practical goals, do your best to achieve them, and take things in stride once a day.
Take care of your health. Excessive rest, poor diet and lack of exercise can make stress worse and cause other health problems. Try to get enough sleep, eat right, drink water and be active. You cannot provide good care if you do not take care of yourself.
Clear your mind. Exercise, yoga, meditation, listening to music and deep breathing can help relax your mind and reduce stress. Identify what works best for you and do it regularly.
Share your feelings. Talking to family members, trusted friends or a professional can help relieve stress.
The National Institutes of Aging in the United States has more information on Alzheimer’s care.
Source: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Press Release, March 30, 2021