1. Take time for yourself every day

Try yoga before breakfast, slip out for a 20-minute walk, go to the movies or take time for a favorite hobby. Even a short break can help.

2. Get enough sleep

Most caregivers who say their own health has gotten worse blame loss of sleep. Relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, may help you at bedtime. If your loved one sleeps during the day but is awake much of the night, try to take naps.

3. Join a support group

Look for support groups related to your loved one’s illness, if possible. The local agency on aging may have a listing. Or consider joining an online community.

4. Let animals assist

Spending time with a cat or dog can sooth not only those who are sick or confined to the home, but also to their caregivers as well. Pets can lower blood pressure, reduce stress and even make elderly people more alert.

5. Turn on some music

Music and art can spark fun shared moments for you and the person you’re caring for. Familiar music can bring back memories and may lead to clapping or dancing. Art projects should be simple and safe but not too childlike.

6. Use timers and reminders

Buy pill boxes that sound an alarm when it’s time for the next dose. Try a smartphone app or an online medicine reminder. Pill organizers are a low-tech option.

SeniorBridge honors our caregivers who tirelessly and lovingly care for clients and help navigate healthcare challenges. If you or a family member are caring for a loved one, call now to speak to a SeniorBridge nurse for a free consultation on how we can help.

“How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout,” WebMD, https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/caregiver-17/slideshow-avoid-caregiver-burnout

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