April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress is one of the biggest challenges caregivers face. It was cited as the No. 1 problem for those caregivers who felt their health was in decline and is the reason for 90 percent of all doctor appointments. Another study found that caregivers are twice as likely as the general public to develop chronic illnesses earlier in life due to the prolonged stress of caring for a loved one.
Stress is difficult to understand because so often is it invisible. Do you ever have your shoulders hunched? Is your tongue press against the roof of your mouth? These are invisible signs of stress that you don’t realize is impacting your overall health.
Finding ways to manage stress is essential for caregivers. Here are articles from our CEO Sherri Snelling – a national advocate on caregivers finding balance and help for stress relief:
Caregiver RX for Stress: 3 Steps to Me Time Monday – originally published on Huff Post 50
Caregiver Tipping Points – originally published on Forbes.com
Mars vs. Venus On Caregiver Stress – originally published on PBS Next Avenue
Mondays are the Prescription for Better Caregiver Health – originally published on Examiner.com
Caregiving Is A Small World After All – originally published on Huff Post 50
Seven Tips to Help Caregivers Avoid Burn-out – originally published in the Caregiving Supplement for USA Today
Also, watch our Me Time Monday™ videos:
Tips on Managing Caregiver Stress:
Tips on Avoiding Caregiver Burn-out: