logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Alzheimers Site

BellaOnline's Alzheimers Editor

g

Reducing the Stress of Employed Caregivers

Guest Author - Debbie Mandel

On August 27, 2011 Eilene Zimmerman, the Career Couch Columnist of the New York Times published a helpful article, “Easing the Stress of Daily Care-Giving,” for those caregivers who work outside the home. Be aware that balancing your life as an employee and a caregiver, especially for a loved one afflicted with Alzheimer’s can lead to chronic stress which means – a chronic state of high alert and physical inflammation. Chronic stress triggers long periods of distraction, irritability, forgetfulness, fatigue, guilt, physical aches and pain, poor sleeping and poor eating habits. Often caregivers get sick when they don’t take care of themselves.

How to cope:

  • Do what pilots and doctors do – they have a team. So, if one is tired, another will pick up the slack. There is great energy in a team. Find your team of professionals, family, friends and community volunteers.
  • Share your extra responsibilities with your supervisor/boss and the colleagues you work with daily. They need to know why you sometimes have to leave in the middle of the day for a doctor’s appointment for the person in your charge or to understand when you get an upsetting, destabilizing phone call. Also, they can alleviate your own guilt feelings by creating a flexible arrangement where you can make up the work.
  • Talk to the Human Resources Department about taking a short leave of absence through the Medical Leave Act. Denise Brown from Caregiving.com asserts that just a couple of weeks off from work can help you set a care-giving plan into action to ease your mind.

In “Easing the Stress of Daily Care-Giving” I was quoted with the following:

  • Exercise is the most effective way to relieve stress while increasing endorphins – feelings of well being. After you exercise, you will feel more optimistically resilient.
  • Make sure to eat properly, sleep and find a hobby as a creative outlet to fill the void in your heart. You have a right to your authentic life.
  • Get help and this doesn’t need to be expensive – in fact, it can be free. There are graduate and college students majoring in sociology, psychology and geriatric care who are looking for internships in their field along with much-needed letters of recommendations. They can visit and spend time with your loved one, stimulating and serving as your “eyes.” This is a win-win situation.
  • Avoid dwelling on “WHY ME?” thinking. Everyone gets hit with problems sooner or later in their lives. Instead live in the present the way Alzheimer’s patients do. One moment can be bad and the next can be good. You will have more energy when you accept what is and do your best as opposed to beating your head against the wall in frustration. Turn your stress into strength.
  • Keep in mind that work can be a saving grace. When you are at work and you do your job well, you will feel good about yourself. You can tap into a larger personal identity. And work can give you a much needed break from care-giving. You could find yourself feeling revitalized when you just do your work – I know I did.

For more information on caregiving read my book, Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show




This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Reducing+the+Stress+of+Employed+Caregivers+ to Twitter Add Reducing+the+Stress+of+Employed+Caregivers+ to Facebook Add Reducing+the+Stress+of+Employed+Caregivers+ to MySpace Add Reducing+the+Stress+of+Employed+Caregivers+ to Del.icio.us Digg Reducing+the+Stress+of+Employed+Caregivers+ Add Reducing+the+Stress+of+Employed+Caregivers+ to Yahoo My Web Add Reducing+the+Stress+of+Employed+Caregivers+ to Google Bookmarks Add Reducing+the+Stress+of+Employed+Caregivers+ to Stumbleupon Add Reducing+the+Stress+of+Employed+Caregivers+ to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Alzheimers Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Debbie Mandel. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Debbie Mandel. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
Can Diet Prevent Alzheimer’s?

How to Calm Alzheimer’s Agitation

How a Biceps Curl Helped an Alzheimer’s Patient

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor