When you take on a caregiving role, your elderly loved one is always on your mind, and you do everything possible to promote his or her wellbeing. Understandably, your around-the-clock efforts leave you tired. Sometimes, bordering on burnt out. However, there are ways to stay upbeat, strong, and loving. The experienced Centennial caregivers from Home Care Assistance share their secrets to sustaining happiness.
1. Eat mood-boosting foods.
Certain foods improve memory, energy, and emotional stability:
– Bananas prevent blood sugar spikes and mood dips, supply fatigue-fighting iron, and spur the release of the mood-lifting hormone serotonin.
– Green tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid that improves concentration and focus, enhances stamina, and promotes calmness.
– Sunflower seeds are full of folate and magnesium, combat fatigue and anxiety, and increase serotonin levels.
2. Obtain support.
You might consider seeing a professional who can serve as a sounding board and offer coping tips and/or joining a caregiver support group as another source of strength. Sharing with others in the same position can reduce stress, and you’ll learn how other caregivers effectively manage their roles.
3. Get professional massages.
Massage therapy soothes muscle tension and prompts the release of happy hormones called endorphins. Massages can melt anxiety, create a sense of wellbeing, and minimize the effects of stress. Check local deal sites like Groupon or LivingSocial for offers that can make regular massages a wallet-friendly option for stress relief.
Only 20 minutes of daily exercise is necessary to reap the benefits of regular activity. Exercise jump-starts joy in the following ways:
- Releases the feel-good hormones dopamine and endorphins
- Gives you a mental break from stress
- Increases self-esteem
- Supercharges energy
With the right support, meeting your loved one’s care needs will feel more manageable. To learn more about caring for an aging parent or for information on respite care in Centennial, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our professional, experienced caregivers can help your loved one with tasks like grocery shopping, cooking, transportation, and personal care, among other things, and give you the time you need to de-stress and recharge. Request a complimentary in-home consultation with a friendly Care Manager by calling 303.957.3100 today. We look forward to helping you.