Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Zero #2

In the last blog you saw that it's good idea to Zero in on your two biggest caregiving stressors. Yes, you'll have a lot of other responsibilities, but if you can figure out a way to deal with the two biggies it really takes a load off.

The second Zero is this: What are your two biggest stress relievers?

Now, let me set a few parameters. The stress reliever needs to be positive; overmedicating yourself with alcohol, drugs (legal or not), food, exercise or any other negative escape doesn't work in the long run. You're looking for positive activities, people and situations that move your mind from the caregiver stress that makes you CRAZY and into a more relaxed, peaceful zone.

A caregiver friend of mine loves movies so she watches funny, positive romantic comedies as often as she can. I know other people who use strategies such as moderate exercise, aromatherapy, long baths, massage, reading, counseling and other methods to deal with caregiver stress.

The key issue in finding two ways to deal with the stress is that you can switch from one to the other. One stress reliever gets tiresome after awhile, but two allows you to stay fresh.

So, Zero in on the two biggest stressors and come up with practical ways to lessen them if you can't eliminate them. And, find two big stress relievers that work for you.

If you're looking for ways to keep from going CRAZY the Zero strategy works...try it.

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