Relaxation Techniques to Manage Caregiver Depression

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Being a caregiver to an aging parent can be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do in life. On average, caregivers spend 24 hours of their week performing caregiver tasks. Being a caregiver can be very stressful. Sometimes being a caregiver causes people to ignore their own health and give up things they enjoy. As a result, 40 to 70 percent of caregivers experience depression. One of the things that doctors may suggest during recovery from depression is the use of relaxation techniques. Below are some suggestions for techniques that may help you to relax and reduce symptoms of depression.

Caregiver Easton OH - Relaxation Techniques to Manage Caregiver Depression

Caregiver Easton OH – Relaxation Techniques to Manage Caregiver Depression

Meditation

There are lots of different ways to meditate, so you may need to try a few to find the one that works for you. If you’d like to try meditation, but don’t know where to start, there are places you can go to learn. Your doctor or therapist may be able to suggest a place.

Breathing Techniques

When your caregiver duties start to cause you stress, try doing some deep breathing exercises. Taking slow, deep breaths can help you to relax your muscles and release anxiety. While breathing, try to clear your mind and think only about your breathing.

Yoga

Yoga can be a great way to relax. It combines breathing with exercise, meditation, and relaxation. You can try yoga using an online video or by taking a class. Most communities have a yoga studio nearby and many yoga studios offer classes aimed specifically at relaxation or stress reduction.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses scents to relieve stress and help you to relax. Some scents that may enhance relaxation are lavender, lemon, bergamot, and jasmine. You can use candles or purchase essential oils.

Journaling

Keeping a journal can help you to release some of your anxiety and stress. In a journal, you can express your emotions honestly, helping you to let them go. Journaling doesn’t have to be time consuming. Just spend a few minutes at the end of your day, or whenever you’re feeling stressed, to write down what is bothering you and how you’re feeling.

Warmth

Cozy warmth can help you to relax. Try taking a warm bath. Add some essential oils or scented bubble bath to increase the relaxation factor. If you don’t have time for a bath, sipping some warm cocoa or a cup of hot tea can also help.

Sources:  http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-recovery-relaxation-exercises#1
https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/six-relaxation-techniques-to-reduce-stress
https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/major-depression/relaxation-techniques-for-depression/
http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/caregiving-depression#1
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/urban-survival/201604/six-aromatherapy-essential-oils-stress-relief-and-sleep

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Carole Chiego

Carole Chiego became a member of the Extended Family Care team in January, 2008. Prior to her role as the Administrator of the Allentown office, she was the Area Director of Operations for a home care company in East Orange, New Jersey. Carole’s extensive experience in home care spans over 17 years. Her work ethic and desire to succeed in the industry are evident in her advancement within the field ranging from Scheduling Coordinator to Medical Records Coordinator to Branch Manager and finally to Administrator and Area Director. She believes assuming these roles has made her a more effective manager.

Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.

Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author
About the author: Carole Chiego
Carole Chiego became a member of the Extended Family Care team in January, 2008. Prior to her role as the Administrator of the Allentown office, she was the Area Director of Operations for a home care company in East Orange, New Jersey. Carole’s extensive experience in home care spans over 17 years. Her work ethic and desire to succeed in the industry are evident in her advancement within the field ranging from Scheduling Coordinator to Medical Records Coordinator to Branch Manager and finally to Administrator and Area Director. She believes assuming these roles has made her a more effective manager. Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc. Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author