Tools to Prevent Caregiver Depression

Caring for an aging loved one can be one of the greatest and most rewarding experiences in a person’s life. However, caregiving can also bring challenges that affect a caregiver’s mental health and wellbeing. In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, here are some ways you can combat the onset of depression while maintaining your role as a caregiver:

  • Make time for YOU every day — even if it’s just for five or ten minutes, do something that relaxes, distracts and rejuvenates you
  • Connect with others — maintain and build friendships with people who will support you and will lift you up when you are feeling down
  • Ask for help — caregiving is a big responsibility, so don’t be afraid to seek relief and assistance from others
  • Prioritize — make lists of what you need to get done first, which will help you breakdown the bigger obstacles into smaller, less overwhelming tasks
  • Take care of yourself physically — combine exercising, eating right and getting enough sleep to promote good health and increases happiness
  • Stay Positive — changing your attitude can change your life

If you are feeling down and think you may be suffering from depression, Mental Health America has an online Depression Screener that helps assess your current mental wellbeing and provides suggestions and resources for additional assistance.

At Cypress HomeCare Solutions, we understand the difficulties that arise when caring for your aging loved one, and we are here to provide you with solutions. Our focus is truly on the family, and one way we assist both our clients and their family members is by offering respite care. Respite allows you to take some time for yourself, recharge your batteries and re-center yourself as a the compassionate and dedicated caregiver you are on a daily basis. We are here to help — call us at 602-264-8009 to speak with our trained solutions specialists.

 

Posted on October 11, 2012