I’m exhausted from caring for my loved one. What can I do to ease the stress? Guest Blogger- Susan Z. Robins of Dignity Hospice™

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Firm News |

Anyone who has been on a plane knows that, prior to take off the flight attendants remind you that, in case of a loss of air pressure in the cabin you should always “put your mask on first”. This important safety message is a reminder of the importance of selfcare – i.e. in order to have the emotional, psychological and physical strength to care for someone else, you must first take care of yourself.

While being a caregiver can be relentless, it’s important to try to take care of yourself, too.

Here are a few tips:

  • Get enough rest, perhaps naps during the day. Conserve your energy.
  • Even a short walk helps sleep and gives energy.
  • Eat well. Choose a variety of foods from the five basic food groups. Drink plenty of water.
  • Reduce Stress. Think about what has helped in the past.
  • Take breaks. Relax and think of other things.
  • Pay attention to what your body is telling you. Is it tired, stressed, tense, hungry, thirsty?
  • Nurture your spiritual side. Pursue those things that are uplifting to you.
  • Pamper yourself, especially on difficult days. Be patient and considerate of yourself.
  • Avoid unrealistic expectations of yourself.
  • Allow others to help you.
  • Set limits. It’s OK to say “no” sometimes.
  • Recognize your needs and limitations.

Tips for helping your loved ones:

  • Allow them to talk. Listen without judgment and with only occasional comment.
  • Acknowledge and validate their feelings and let them express their feelings in many ways.
  • Avoid taking any negative feelings personally.
  • Let them have control over their situation as much as possible.
  • Include them in decision making and discussion.
  • Let them do as much as they want to and have the energy for, no matter how slow, painful, or difficult it seems to you.
  • Don’t underestimate their pains, symptoms, and fear. These are real and valid.
  • Avoid judging.
  • Talk about subjects you used to discuss together, the time you shared.
  • Find opportunities to laugh together.

For more Information, please call: 617-819-1214.

Susan Z. Robins, Chief Growth Officer
Dignity Hospice LLC
260 Cochituate Road, Suite 201
Framingham, MA 01701
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