Thanks to Angie for sharing her excellent blog with us yesterday. I hope you’ve been finding our tips and advice during National Caregivers Month helpful. Today, we have more input from one of our local Early Stage support groups about the topic of caregiver stress management. We asked them: What should your caregiver do if they are feeling stressed?
What should your caregiver do if they are feeling stressed?
“Know when to say ‘leave me alone, I need time, I don’t want to talk about it right now.’”
“Be alone sometimes – take a break or a time out.”
“Sometimes, just don’t ask questions.”
“Don’t ask ‘Why’d you do that?’ if you already know”
“Talk to me about it. Lets work on it together.”
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”
“The person that asks the question controls the conversation. Have an awareness of what’s going on, knowing how you’re feeling, knowing you don’t have to answer a question if you don’t want to.”