Four Ways to Try Managing Your Stress Better

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One of the worst issues that caregivers have to deal with is their own stress. If you’re ignoring it or pretending that it will take care of yourself, you’re going to be very disappointed. You have to face your stress head on. When you do that, you’re going to find that you’re able to be the caregiver you wanted to be all along.

Elder Care McKeesport PA - Four Ways to Try Managing Your Stress Better

Elder Care McKeesport PA – Four Ways to Try Managing Your Stress Better

Get Familiar with Your Stress Cues

Stress cues let you know that things are getting bad before they actually do get bad. When you’re constantly stressed, though, it’s difficult to tell when a new round is going to start. The key is to start learning what the beginnings of stress feel like for you. as you start to recognize stress earlier and earlier, you’re going to be able to take action before you feel overloaded.

What Works for You?

Start realizing what works for you when you’re feeling stress and what doesn’t. Some people respond really well to physical methods of battling stress, like walking or doing yoga. Other people find that making something helps them to feel less stressed. Whatever it is that works for you, you need to do more of that. As a caregiver, though, sometimes it’s difficult to remember what you enjoy and what helps you to feel better. That’s where the next tip comes in.

Take Time Away on a Regular Basis

Start making it a point to take advantage of respite time. You don’t have to take a lot of time away, but you should be doing this on a regular basis. Hire elder care providers and then take time that is just for you. The first few times you’re taking respite, you might feel confused or even as if you shouldn’t be there. Keep going anyway. Eventually you’re going to find ways to use your respite time that recharge you and help you to get back to yourself again.

Don’t Wait to Get Help

Above all, don’t wait to get help if you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed all the time. That’s not how this caregiving experience is supposed to work and you don’t have to push yourself that hard. Be good to yourself and make sure that you and your elder both have what you need.

Stress is a normal part of life, but constantly feeling overwhelmed by stress certainly isn’t. Get to know your stress a little better and you’ll learn how to defeat it.

If you or a loved one are considering Elder Care Services in McKeesport PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
About the author: Laura Partridge
Laura Partridge, the Business Development Manager for Star Multi Care Services has been with the company since 2002. Prior to her current role, she had served as the Administrator of the Pittsburgh branch for 10 years, as well as holding positions within health systems in New York and Pennsylvania as a Nursing Home Administrator and Regional Director of Operations of Independent and Assisted Living facilities. Laura has earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Canisius College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Laura has sat on three Professional Advisory Committees throughout the community, has been on the Board of Directors for a non-profit nursing home, and currently acts as an Advisory Board Member for both the Alliance for Community Respite Care and Gateway Health Plan. She is also an active committee member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on Aging, Twilight Wish Foundation and North Allegheny baseball, softball and lacrosse Boosters. Community Engagement and Education has been her passion and she enjoys teaching opportunities for the American Red Cross and a local community college as well as collaborative grant writing with various healthcare and education partners. Raising four active children with her husband Brian, she seems to spend more free time on fields and courts than she does at home. Although they live in Pittsburgh, you will never see a Steelers logo in their home. Instead, the Bills, Sabres and some Pirates gear are more often visible. “My empathy is always for the underdog. They usually work harder than everyone else.”. –Laura Partridge Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele