Preventing caregiver burnout

Take care of yourself for caregiver success: 10 tips

Caregivers all agree: Focusing on yourself when you’re caring for a loved one is difficult at best. But caring2blogcaring for yourself and doing what’s needed to stay happy and healthy are important to your success as a caregiver and in avoiding caregiver burnout.

Here are some tips to make sure you’re the best you can be, despite the emotional and physical challenges of caregiving:

  1. Take time to do small things that bring simple pleasures: Take a walk, listen to music, engage in a hobby or bake a favorite dessert — anything that makes you happy.
  2. Pamper yourself with a massage, pedicure, yoga class – whatever makes you feel relaxed and renewed.
  3. Take care of your body: Eat a well-balanced diet and be sure to get enough sleep. Take naps when you need to. Exercise as much as possible – but realize that even a short, brisk walk is helpful to your mind and body.
  4. Don’t lose your sense of humor. Call a friend who makes you laugh, read a feel-good book or rent a light-hearted movie. Continue reading

Top tips to relieve caregiver stress

Asking questions, being persistent and proactive can lead to peace of mind

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Couples can end up being caregivers for each other at various stages in their lives. Being proactive and persistent can help relieve caregiver stress

John and Briita Hall are no strangers to caregiving. John cared for his first wife, who suffered with terminal cancer for 12 years. He later became Briita’s caregiver when she underwent treatment for breast cancer. On and off, it’s been Briita’s turn to care for John while he’s recovered from a series of surgeries due to significant hip and leg issues, some dating back to his years of service during the Vietnam era.

Through the years, Briita has identified four important tips that have made her a better, more confident caregiver.

Tip #1: Don’t be afraid to question hospital staff. You need to know who, what and why as you prepare to take care of a loved one at home. And you need to be proactive in getting information from the healthcare team — information that will help you and your loved one at home.

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