Forgive yourself for your imperfections. Most caregivers make mistakes or fail to live up to their expectations at one time or another. Do the best you, don’t get caught up with caregiver’s remorse or guilt. Acknowledge your accomplishments.
Find an outlet for expressing your stress. This could be speaking with a licensed therapist, attending a caregiver support group, writing in a personal journal or leaning on a trusted friend who is always willing to listen. Make time for something you really enjoy, even if it is just an hour to read a book, listen to your favorite music or take a relaxing bath.
Go online to search numerous websites for additional suggestions for reducing caregiver stress. Call your local Area Agency on Aging and speak with a representative from the Family Caregiver Support Program, experienced staff could prove to be your biggest ally in becoming a more successful caregiver.
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