Dealing with caregiver stress through stretching
Day after day of dealing with mom, or dad, or work… as a caregiver. Lugging, laundry, mopping, lifting, sitting, bending and so on; all the while listening for sounds of some sort of need, or emergency call.
It can get to you… and if you say it doesn’t matter that much or wear on you I won’t believe it.
Caregiver stress is well documented. In fact, many caregivers end up needing care given to them at some point. I feel one major way to keep this is at bay is through stretching and mentally relaxing before they crash and burn.
One obvious benefit of stretching if maintaining flexibility which allows you to keep up with the demands of your task. Performing slow and gentle stretching that incorporates breathing techniques adds an second, if not more important benefit of relaxing the mind as well. A few minutes a day will give great relief to a person who is constantly under the caregiving gun. Taking this much needed and deserved personal break allows time to reflect, pray, relax, and defuse.
Choosing to be a caregiver should also require choosing to care for yourself first, so those you care for will get the best care you can give.