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How Can You Deal with a Stressful Day as a Caregiver?

Elderly Care in Moorestown NJ: How Can You Deal with a Stressful Day as a Caregiver?

Elderly Care in Moorestown NJ: How Can You Deal with a Stressful Day as a Caregiver?

You’re going to have more than one or two stressful days as a caregiver. From health issues to paperwork problems, stress is going to follow you around. Managing that stress the right way gives you a release valve.

Adjust Your Expectations

Each day is different, but your expectations for yourself may be pretty much the same every single day. You may think that just because you were super productive on one day and got a ton of things done, you should be able to do that every single day. Life doesn’t work that way, though. You may need to give yourself more grace on some days than you do on other days because of variables that are outside your control.

Include Breaks in Your Day

You need breaks throughout your day, but they don’t have to be massive breaks. Even taking a few minutes here and there throughout the day can do a lot for your mindset. Figure out what works for you, whether that’s taking a cup of tea out into the back yard for a few minutes or firing up a relaxation app on your smartphone. You can also use a mix of all sorts of ideas.

Monitor How Much Support You Need

At different stages in your caregiving journey, you may need more or less help. Make it a habit to keep a mental eye on how much help and support you need and how much you’re getting. When friends and family members can’t help, remember that elderly care providers have experience that you can put to use right away and they understand what you and your senior need.

Find Time to Laugh

Laughter is the best medicine and it can help you with stressful situations, too. Try to keep your sense of humor handy so that you can take advantage of laughter whenever you can. Situational humor is more likely to become apparent when you’re open to the idea of using humor as a stress-relieving tool in your life. Bump up your interactions with things and people that make you laugh and that make you remember what’s funny about life.

Every day is going to be slightly different when you’re taking care of an elderly family member. Chances are good, though, that your stress levels correlate to what’s going on. Use as many of these tips as you can to keep your stress levels in check as you go.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering elderly care in Moorestown, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.

Patti Maltese and Kelly McCabe

Founders, and Co-Owners at TLC Home Care Services
Patti is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC and has been in the staffing industry for many years both as an Office manager, recruiter, client specialist, and sales rep. She has previously staffed nurses for the state of NJ in state facilities and currently maintains her CHHA license to date. She has a Bachelors Degree in Communications and oversees the daily operations of TLC. She recently graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10KSB program for business owners in Phila. and the relationships and knowledge from that program has helped her to take TLC to the next level in multiple ways. She is a mother to 2 daughters and a grandmother to 2 girls as well.She resides in Mt. Laurel and loves advocating for seniors and has performed in “Dancing with The Cherry Hill Stars” fundraiser for education.

Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.