5 Relaxation Tips for Caregivers

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  • By Sherri Snelling

    Relaxation is one of those words that are hard to find in the caregiving dictionary. For the 65 million Americans caring for a loved one, finding the time to relax is like looking for a needle in a haystack – virtually impossible. But for your own physical and emotional health, it’s essential to give yourself the gift of de-stressing. Here's how to do it:

    Meditate

    Dr. Herbert Benson, author of “The Relaxation Response,” suggests choosing a word, sound, or prayer that you’ll repeat continuously. Sit still, close your eyes and focus your attention on the in and out rhythm of your breath. Begin repeating your word. You can start with as brief a session as one minute, and work your way up to ten minutes or even more. Other thoughts may enter your mind. Just gently ignore them.

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  • Visualize If you are in the office or at home, take a little walk to a spot where you can escape for a few minutes. Turn off your cell phone – the world will not end in just those few minutes. Sit, close your eyes and imagine a place you would like to be – a hammock in the Bahamas, a gondola in Venice, a mountain top in the Himalayas.

     

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  • Try Yoga This isn’t just for New Agers. There are real health benefits to practicing some type of yoga just a few minutes a day. Because it incorporates breathing techniques, it helps relax your body and your mind. Yoga also gives you better flexibility – many first-time yoga participants noticed a 35 percent improvement in flexibility after just eight weeks of twice weekly yoga classes. It can also reduce tension, stiffness, pain and fatigue, and it can lower your heart rate as well as your blood pressure. If you really can’t get away for an outside, you can buy a yoga DVD, or rent one from your library.

     

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  • Make a Date with Yourself While many of these techniques can and should be done for a few minutes each day, use the Caregiving Club Me Time Monday technique to check in with yourself every Monday to see what you have done to take care of you. Did you grab a few minutes just for you last week? What are your plans this week for finding your Me Time? Check out the Me Time Monday video tips in support of the Caregiver’s Monday campaign and make sure to schedule your relaxation time – it will help you avoid the burn-out and stress that plague caregivers.

    About the Author

    Sherri Snelling, CEO and founder of the Caregiving Club, is a nationally recognized expert on America’s 65 million family caregivers with special emphasis on how to help caregivers balance “self care” while caring for a loved one. She is the former chairman of the National Alliance for Caregiving and is currently writing a book about celebrities who have been caregivers. You can find more information at www.caregivingclub.com.

     

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  • Get a Massage Massage therapy is an indulgence with significant health benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, massage can lower blood pressure, boost immunity, and provide therapeutic effect for those suffering from MS and cancer. If you do not have time for a professional masseuse, you can also try giving yourself a massage. Darrin Zeer, author of “Office Yoga,” advices placing both hands on your shoulders and neck. Squeeze with your fingers and palms. Rub vigorously; try to keep your shoulders relaxed. Next, wrap one hand around the other forearm, squeeze the muscles with thumb and fingers moving up and down from the elbow to the fingertips and back again. Repeat with the other arm.

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