Admit You're Stressed Then De-Stress

Hi Doctor Marion,

I am honestly so stressed with all of the things I have to do in life that I don’t know what to do sometimes.  How can I be a better mother and caregiver as I do my job 5 days a week?  Any suggestions help, and I thank you ahead of time, Doctor Marion.  You are a God-send.

Eve in Maryland, 46

Hi Eve,

Thank you for your note.  I know that working caregivers everywhere can become extremely stressed about everything they’re facing.  Family life, work life, and caregiving responsibilities can easily spin out of control.  Some symptoms include gaining or losing weight, a change in disposition, shying away from social outings, and not getting any exercise or exercising too much.  If you’re a stressed out working caregiver, you have to admit that you are in fact having difficulties meeting all of your obligations.  It’s very common for caregivers to shy away from admitting this, but it is the first step to solving your problems.

If you’re juggling a family, a career, and you’re taking care of an elder loved one, things can get very stressful on a daily basis.  It’s very important to carve out personal time.  Take up a new activity.  Learn a new language.  Listen to a book on tape while you’re commuting.  Some people like to take a bubble bath; others like to meditate.  If you don’t have 90 minutes for exercise, figure out a program that you can do at home that only takes 30 minutes.  It’s important that you regularly quiet your mind, center yourself, and relax.

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