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SELF CARE TO BETTER CARE

Providing care for a parent is currently the most common type of care giver burnout.

Stress is the cause of much illness and disease, so learning what we can about what it looks like is the first step to ensuring we can stay well when times get hectic and overrun.

Symptoms of stress are varied and plentiful, so often we think it’s just a part of life and it’s normal to feel or experience certain things. It is so important that we realize that this is a dangerous and detrimental way of thinking. 

When stress goes unrecognized and untreated burnout occurs.

Top 5 reported symptoms of Burnout

  1. Worried/anxious
  2. Tired
  3. Angry/Irritable
  4. Overwhelmed
  5. Sleep problems 

For more information about recognizing signs and symptoms of burnout visit the link below.

HOW TO FIND RELIEF 

When we get busy with added responsibilities we feel as though we don't have time for ourselves. Below are a few simple yet impactful tecniques that will help you throughout your day to help reduce your symptoms and keep you well.


Deep breathing

It might sound silly or you might be thinking "duh, I know that one already!". Many people are aware of how important your breath is for health, but we are constantly in need of reminders, especially when we are stressed. 

When stress set in our breathing becomes shallow and we don't even notice, until we become consciously aware of it. So, the first step in taking a minute here and there throughout the day (as often as you can!) and notice your breathing. At that moment...

take 3 deep breaths

Deep breathing can result in the benefits listed below.

—Releases tension: oxygenation of the brain reduces anxiety levels and relaxes your mind

—Increases energy levels

—Increases mood

—Strengthens the immune system


GRATITUDE

This is a part of our wellness that has taken center stage in the last few years and some might consider it a bit woo-woo. Science has come to discover that gratitude has many benefits and is very powerful when done on a regular basis. Taking a moment to notice what we can be thankful for has the potential to shift our emotional state in the moment.

STOP, LOOK AND NOTICE

What do you notice right now that you can be thankful for. A beautiful flower, a stranger holding the door for you, the sunshine etc.

Gratitude exercised regularly can result in the benefits listed below.

—Happier: We are unable to feel positive and negative emotions simultaneously

—Healthier: Boosts the immune system to be grateful regularly

—More content with life situation: as we focus on what we do have as apposed to what we do not have


 "ME" TIME

Finding a little "me" time in your day can seem like a fantasy to many people that are overwhelmed with responsibility. It may seem that way, but it doesn't have to be. Taking a moment in your day or your week to make YOU that priority is essential in maintaining some balance in your life and to keep yourself well. 

REMEMBER: without your own health and wellness you are no good to anyone else. SELF CARE LEADS TO BETTER CARE.

What fills your cup?

(What in your life makes you feel good, feel happiness and joy?)

—E.g. Time with friends, walk on the beach, trying a new recipe, favourite music, sailing, Etc. Etc.

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MAKE “ME” TIME A PRIORITY

Tip: To start choose the activities that you feel fit more easily into your current schedule in order for it to feel obtainable and acheivable for you. Once you get in the habit of taking time for yourself, you will be able to "justify" and "find" more time for you.


ASK FOR HELP

This can often be a difficult one for many people, as most see asking for help as a weakness. We see how "well" others are coping or how much they are "able" to take on, so we feel we should be able to do just the same. If there is one thing I have learned through managing my burnout:

"IT TAKES GREAT STRENGTH TO REACH OUT AND ASK FOR HELP! THERE IS NO WEAKNESS THERE."

There are many ways to ask for help

  • FIND A SUPPORT GROUP TO KNOW YOU ARE NOT ALONE
  • TELL A FRIEND HOW THINGS REALLY ARE 
  • LOOK INTO OUTREACH AND DAY PROGRAMS FOR YOUR LOVED ONE
  • TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR
  • FIND WORKSHOPS ON STRESS MANAGEMENT
  • FIND INFORMATION/WORKSHOPS ON CARE-GIVING
  • FIND INFORMATION/WORKSHOPS ON DEMENTIA CARE
  • FIND A CASE MANAGER WITH THE HEALTH AUTHORITY TO BEGIN ASSESSMENT FOR YOUR LOVED ONE
  • FIND RECREATION THERAPY SERVICES FOR YOUR LOVED
  • FIND IN HOME CARE TO GIVE YOU A BREAK FROM CARE-GIVING 

These are just a few ways in which you can find some relief during such a challenging time in your life. The key is to learn and practice the things that work best for you in managing your stress and keeping yourself well, so you can continue to navigate the caring journey with your loved one.  

If you would like to learn and practice more techniques fill out the information below and push submit. we will be happy to notify you of our next workshop to continue to support you (and your loved one) on your journey.