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Companion Care in Evanston: How To Manage Caregiver Stress

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Have you heard of caregiver fatigue? It's a state of exhaustion brought on by the stress and toll of caregiving. If you provide care for a loved one, preventing caregiver fatigue is imperative to your health and the health of your loved one. Our companion care specialists at Visiting Angels® Evanston know how difficult it can be to manage your stress. We've compiled our top tips for managing the daily strain and pressures of caregiving. 

5 Tips for Managing Caregiver Stress

Companion care from Visiting Angels Evanston is a great way to help you reduce the daily stress of taking care of a loved one. Here are 4 other ways to help you deal with stress: 

  • Try writing therapy. Most caregivers grapple with feeling overwhelmed, stressed, angry, or guilty. Keeping a regular journal can help you process and manage the complex feelings that come with caregiving. 
  • Stay healthy. Stress and poor health are tightly linked. Make sure you get a good night's sleep, that you exercise a few times a week, and eat three balanced meals. These can help maintain your mood and energy levels. 
  • Find ways to laugh. According to countless studies, laughter is truly one of the best forms of medicine. Find a hilarious TV show or chat with a funny friend. Comedy is a proven way to fight stress, anxiety, and depression. 
  • Maintain friendships. A caring network of supportive friends and family can help you get through the tough days of caregiving. Make sure you have a friend you can confide in, or vent your feelings to. It can have a huge impact on your mental health. 
  • Look into our care. Professional companion care services from Visiting Angels Evanston will help you manage the workload of caregiving, which can do a lot to manage your stress. They can help you and your loved one live a healthy, well-balanced life. 

Finding Companion Care in Evanston 

Companion care services, like those offered by Visiting Angels Evanston, are designed to be supportive to both elderly individuals and their caregivers. They're flexible and adaptive and easily molded to the demands of your schedule. They're professional, so you know your loved one will get high-quality care while you're not there. By attending to your family member's care and companionship needs, they can help you manage the pressures of caregiving, so you can get some time away. For caregivers in Glenview, Skokie, the north side of Chicago, and Evanston, companion care is a great way to reduce caregiver stress. 

To learn more about local, thoughtful companion care, contact Visiting Angels Evanston today. 

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