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Tips for relieving Carer stress

Tips for relieving Carer stress

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Being a Carer can be stressful. You’re continually putting the needs of someone else ahead of your own and if you’re not careful it can lead to burnout.

To ensure you continue to give the best care, it’s vitally important that you take time for yourself when you’re feeling the strain. Even a few minutes can make a difference.

Our top 8 tips for reducing stress

There of lots of things you can do to reduce your stress levels while caring for another. Here are some of our super simple and practical tips to help you carve out that all important time for yourself and keep your stress at bay.

Take some deep breathes

This one is super easy and can be done at any time. If you are feeling stressed, take a deep breath in through your nose, hold it for a few seconds then exhale slowly. Repeat this a few times and hopefully you’ll start to feel the benefits. Taking a few deep breathes increases the oxygen level in your blood which in turn can help to relax you.

Get some fresh air

Just like taking a few deep breaths, breathing in some fresh air can do wonders for your stress levels. Again, this doesn’t take too much time or effort, but can make a big difference to how you are feeling. Open a window and breath in the fresh air. Alternatively, step outside and feel the wind on your face and the air in your lungs.

Savour a cuppa

Take a few minutes to enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Really savour the smell, the taste and the feel as you drink it. Immerse yourself in the moment and use it as a reset before getting back to what you need to do.

Laugh

They say laughter is the best medicine and if you’re feeling stressed a good laugh can make a difference. If you can, look for the funny side of your caring situations, it’s better than getting annoyed or distressed. Or if that’s difficult, listen to some comedy or watch a funny TV show or movie.

Listen to Music

Listening to your favourite music, or music that makes you smile, can have an amazing affect on your mood and stress levels. If you can, have a bit of a boogie, it doesn’t matter what you look like, it’s all about how it makes you feel.

Move your body

Moving your body is another way you can reduce stress. Movement and exercise releases endorphins, the body’s natural feel good chemicals and also decreases cortisol, the bodies stress hormone. From some simple shoulder and neck stretches, to a walk, to an exercise class, it can all help to bring your stress levels down.

Meditation

The benefits of meditation are well documented. Meditation focuses your attention elsewhere and can help to clear your mind, allowing you to relax and feel calmer. Insight Timer is a free App with hundreds of meditations of varying lengths. From 2 minutes to 10 minutes and beyond, you’re sure to find one that will fit into your schedule.

Get Help

No one can do it all on their own! Don’t be afraid to ask family and friends for help or look into outside care services to help with the care. Even an hour or two a week where you don’t have to provide the care can make a difference to your stress levels and mental health.

Your local GP

Carers UK – this site is full of lots of helpful information and support for carers

https://www.carersuk.org/home

Carers Trust – another great site for support and information

https://carers.org/

Age UK – provide great advice and support if you are caring for an elderly loved one.

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/care/helping-a-loved-one/

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