Two in five caregivers report feelings of emotional stress. It’s just as important to take care of our mental health as our physical health. In recognition of Stress Awareness Month in April, we are offering three tips to relieve stress!
Chronic stress can negatively impact our day-to-day lives, which is why it’s so important to find ways to manage stress levels and find relief. Whether you are working shorter or more lengthy shifts, it is important for everyone to find time to allow themselves to relax and recharge.Below are three tips we recommend to help relieve stress!
1. Go for a 20 minute walk. With spring upon us, a leisurely walk outside with a client can be relaxing. Going for a walk has the added benefit of contributing to your daily amount of recommended exercise, which helps boost mood and reduce stress levels.
2. Get a good night’s rest. Aim for the recommended eight hours of sleep per night. Getting an adequate amount of quality sleep boosts your immune system, improves mood and will leave you feeling energized! In order to get a quality night’s rest, turn off the television and minimize bright lights or loud noises. Try reading a book or taking a bath before bed so that you are relaxed and ready to rest.
3. Put you first. As the old saying goes, you cannot pour from an empty cup. Know your limits and take time to yourself to recharge when needed. If you have a favorite hobby, engage in it once a week to help relieve stress. Even taking the time to cook a healthy, delicious meal, call a friend, or watch a movie can help you relax and focus on what you need. Remember that it’s okay to be selfish sometimes in order to give more of yourself at other times!
Finding solutions to manage stress is one of the most important steps in coping. We also recommend writing down your feelings and frustrations in a journal so that you can think creatively about ways to solve any problems.