1. Jigsaw Puzzle – Until the pieces fit together…
A wife, caring for her husband each day after hours of dialysis, can become worn down and in need of a recharge. Her care allows her spouse to work through the side effects of treatment, providing a source of comfort. Being a caregiver is a powerful act of giving to others. This act can be rewarding because it pours hope back into those we help. Eventually, this cycle requires the giver to recharge.
Recharging can be tricky because of the timing. A spouse or parent may try to create a day off or a professional caregiver may reduce their contact hours with patients in order to recharge. These are planned events that work and that’s great. But what about the meantime and in-between time? Another form of planning is to have a few options for quick de-stressing. Constructing a 50-piece puzzle is a quick de-stressor. Focusing on the details of the images in the puzzle is a great way to move your conscious mind off of the cause of the distress.
2. Adult Coloring Book
Adult coloring books work too. Expressing creativity through color can improve your mood.
3. A 5-minute dance party in your car
Similar to a workout, a release of endorphins can also provide a recharge.
4. A 15 to 30-minute session for laughing.
I suggest Stir Crazy with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. Or The Flipp Wilson show, specifically the sketches with Geraldine and Joe Namath and with Harry Belafonte. (You’ll thank me later😅).
Caregivers you may not hear “thank you” every day; but, the care you provide is priceless. Until the pieces fit together, enjoy trying quick stress reliever activities that recharge YOU!
If you need help contact me. We can work together to tailor your life to your needs.