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Why Should Family Caregivers Reserve Time for Relaxation?

By Debbie Waddell, 10:30 am on

Providing in-home care for a senior loved one can be a difficult task, but taking the time to relax can help you recharge and approach your loved one’s care with a fresh perspective. Here are a few of the ways family caregivers can benefit from some rest and relaxation.

Reduce the Risk of Depression

The stress from being a caregiver can cause cortisol to be released into your body. When this stress hormone is released, the levels of dopamine in your brain decrease, which can lead to depression, and depression sometimes leads to obesity. If you are depressed, you may begin to look at food as an outlet instead of taking the time to exercise, meditate, or simply relax. The less stress you are under, the more you can reduce your risk of depression and curb the urge to eat fatty and sugary foods. 

Maintain a Calm and Cool Demeanor

Caregiver stress can also cause you to become easily irritated. You may get angry at the simplest things, such as having to wait in line at the grocery store or picking up your loved one’s clothes around the home. However, relaxing helps clear your mind so you can see each minor situation for what it truly is. 

Boost Overall Health 

Caregiver burnout can lead to serious health concerns, including heart attacks, migraines, anxiety, and high blood pressure. If your health is poor you will be unable to provide your loved one with the Folsom elderly care he or she needs. Set aside time to go on a vacation, spend time with your peers, or enjoy some time alone. Taking a break and relaxing helps prevent exhaustion and gives you time to manage your own neglected physical and emotional health needs. 

Increase Happiness 

Relaxation and positive thinking can produce positive endorphins in your body, which can brighten your mood and increase your happiness. This peace of mind allows you to appreciate being a Folsom caregiver instead of resenting the responsibility. Your mood may even carry over to your loved one and help alleviate tension between the two of you. By relaxing, you can recharge and develop a renewed outlook on life.

Preventing caregiver burnout is crucial for your overall wellbeing. If you need time to take a break from caregiving, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our expertly trained respite caregivers can provide the care your loved one needs while you have the chance to relax or take care of personal responsibilities. For more information on the respite care Folsom, Granite Bay, and Placer County families rely on, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 916.226.3737 to request a no-obligation consultation.

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