For family caregivers, stress of daily life can easily become overwhelming. Managing stress involves taking charge of the stressful situation, changing your reactions to your stressors, and taking time to rest and relax. It’s important to allow others to help alleviate some of the responsibilities and pressures.
While peaceful meditation, exercising and enjoyable activities are great outlets for stress relief, the greatest protection against stress is a strong support network for when times get rough. With trusted friends, family members, and a caregiving team such as Visiting Angels, life’s pressures will not seem as overwhelming.
Also seek out community support groups for caregivers:
- People meet in a given place each week or month.
- You get face-to-face contact and a chance to make new friends who live near you.
- The meetings get you out of the house, get you moving, provide a social outlet, and reduce feelings of isolation.
- Since the people in the support group are from your area, they’ll be more familiar with local resources and issues.
Visiting Angels of the San Francisco Bay Area can help alleviate some of the responsibilities and pressures of family caregiving. Contact us in Alameda County at (510) 284-0000 or in Santa Clara County at (408) 735-0977.