The ability to manage stress is important for caregivers although often a difficult task it is crucial for the caregiver and the Care recipient (cr) that stressful situations are appropriately handled the following are tips for managing stress

Try: Learn how to say no – know your limits and stick to them try to refuse to accept added responsibilities when you’re close to reaching a limit taking on more than you can handle is a surefire recipe for stress avoid people who stress you out as much as possible – if someone consistently causes stress in your life limit the amount of time you spend with that person or end the relationship entirely this is difficult for the average caregiver however one can alternatively learn how to better manage the stressful situation take control of your environment – you can control certain aspects of your environment by reducing stress in your caregiving environment you make it easier on yourself and the cr avoid controversial topics – if you get upset over religion or politics cross them off your conversation list if you repeatedly argue with the cr about a specific issue stop bringing it up or of change the topic when the cr starts discussing it reduce your to-do list – analyze your schedule responsibilities and daily tasks involving the cr if you’ve got too much on your plate distinguish between the required duties and optional duties drop tasks that aren’t truly necessary to the bottom of the list or eliminate them entirely if possible

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Categories: Communication, Emotional Psychological, Medical Physical

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References: Helpguide org

Keywords: Stress managing stress

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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