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It's no secret that being a caregiver is stressful. So what is the best way to reduce that stress?
A major philosophy of CarePond exists on the premise of caring for those who care for others. If you feel overwhelmed or isolated as a caregiver, you're not alone. We gathered thousands of data points submitted to us by other caregivers related to stress, their support networks and personal care.Here's what we found:
Oddly enough, even with a strong support network, 67% of caregivers surveyed found their stress levels unaffected. So what was the biggest stress reducer?
That's right. Take some time out of the day to do something you enjoy, be it with a loved one or yourself. Make it a priority, just like breakfast and lunch. Although at times it may be hard to come to terms with, caring for yourself is always a first priority, even when caring for someone you love.
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This week, we would like to dedicate CarePond to caregivers, friends and family who provide aid for those suffering from depression. Feel free to share your experiences, tips and stories in the Q&A section.
Our main focus at CarePond is relieving the burden caregiver's face on a daily basis. Here, we give some insight into the reasons many people join CarePond and how they best describe their feelings as a caregiver. The basic question we were looking to answer was:
To figure that out, we took a look at some of the anonymous data we've gathered:
Finally, we wanted to see how the leading emotions caregivers experience tie together with their reason for joining CarePond:
Our findings show that many caregivers who've joined support communities experience a great deal of frustration and stress. We also found that many of the feelings caregivers experience are aimed toward their care situation, rather than toward themselves (guilt, fear and isolation), or toward the person they care for (resentment or grief).
1. Learn and use stress-reduction techniques, e.g. meditation, prayer, yoga, Tai Chi
2. Attend to your own healthcare needs
3. Get proper rest and nutrition
4. Exercise regularly, if only for 10 minutes at a time (if you're able)
5. Take time off without feeling guilty
6. Participate in pleasant, nurturing activities, such as reading a good book, taking a warm bath
7. Seek and accept the support of others
8. Seek supportive counseling when you need it, or talk to a trusted counselor, friend, or pastor
9. Identify and acknowledge your feelings, you have a right to ALL of them
10 Change the negative ways you view situations
11. Set realistic and actionable goals
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