Four Ways to Have a Less Stressful Day Tomorrow

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Part of being a caregiver sometimes means troubleshooting your own stress-relief mechanisms to find the ones that work the best for you. Give these a try and see if they help you to have a better day the next day.

 

Elderly Care in Tamarac FL: Caregiver Stress Help

Elderly Care in Tamarac FL: Caregiver Stress Help

 

Look at Your “To Do” List and Cut it in Half

Very few people have what could be called a realistic “to do” list. Most people keep a running list of everything that they want to do and that list can take on a life of its own. It’s discouraging to look at a lengthy list that you never finish. Do yourself a favor and look closely at your list for tomorrow. Reassign at least half of those tasks to another day.

 

Add One Fun, Just for You Task to Tomorrow

Something else that you need to start doing is add one activity or task to your list for tomorrow that is all about you and all about having fun. It might be to read for half an hour before everyone gets up or to have your morning coffee where you can watch the sunrise. It doesn’t have to be a large or complicated activity. The idea is that you’re doing something that is just for you and that you will enjoy.

 

Breathe Deeply

As you’re trying to go to sleep, you probably find that your mind tends to race. If that’s the case for you, place your hands on your stomach and take as deep a breath as you can. It might not be a very deep breath yet and that’s okay. Hold that breath for a few seconds and then slowly release it. Take several more deep breaths, each one deeper than the last. If you fall asleep, that’s a bonus.

 

Turn off Devices, Televisions, and Other Screens

Anything with a screen uses blue light, which can trick your brain into keeping itself running. Ironically, you might be watching your favorite TV program to relax before bed. Unless you’ve got glasses that block blue light, it’s a good idea to limit screen exposure for an hour or two before you try to sleep. Give this a try and you might be surprised how well you start to sleep.

 

These tips don’t guarantee that something really stressful won’t show up the next day, but they can help you to be in a better space in which to manage whatever surprises fall your way. As a caregiver, you have to take care of yourself as well as your aging adult and everyone else you care for.

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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.