Managing caregiver stress is a key component in creating a healthy, functional family unit. Helena Green specializes in caregiver burnout and geriatric counselling for Mid Vancouver Island.
Many people, with various demands on their time and energy, also carry the responsibility of caring for an aging parent. Although their intentions are sincere, they can become overwhelmed, resentful and/or suffer from caregiver burnout. Especially with challenges such as Alzheimer's Disease and Lewy Body Dementia, demands on caregivers may be extreme.
The good news is that your stress management strategies may include services available in the community to help diffuse the pressure. These services often include access to transportation, medical support and specialized home adaptations for independence. Along with specialized services, counselling is a valuable resource to use in order to gain perspective and discover options that you never knew you had. Ultimately, a balanced and rested caregiver is much more able to do the things necessary to provide for a healthy, happy home.
As a caregiver, when was the last time that you thought of your own needs? Have you taken time make sure that you are excercising, eating healthy and getting enough rest? What do you do for fun? Do you make sure that you have some down time to just breathe? Ultimately, it's about balance and a healthy lifestyle for everyone. Particularly the caregivers need to have that awareness since they are often quarterbacking the care of their loved ones.
Don't let caregiver stess lead to caregiver burnout. It may be a stretch to ask for help. Yet as a primary stakeholder and caregiver, it makes good sense to explore your options, gather resources and regain your clarity with Helena Green.
Deep Listening. Clarity. Sustainable Solutions.
Helena Green, BA EFTCP MRP MPCC
Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling
Certified Energy & Somatic Psychology
Counselling for the Health of It
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