Regaining your self, hope and optimism

Tips for Regaining Your Energy, Optimism, and Hope

FROM: www.helpguide.org

The demands of care-giving can be overwhelming, especially if you feel you have little control over the situation or you’re in over your head. If the stress of care-giving is left unchecked, it can take a toll on your health, relationships, and state of mind—eventually leading to burnout.

When you’re burned out, it’s tough to do anything, let alone look after someone else. That’s why taking care of yourself isn’t a luxury—it’s a necessity. Read on for tips on how to rein in the stress in your life and regain balance, joy, and hope.

What do you need to know?

Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, but it also involves many stressors. Caregiver stress can be particularly damaging, since it is typically a chronic, long-term challenge. You may face years or even decades of care-giving responsibilities. It can be particularly disheartening when there’s no hope that your family member will get better.

If you don’t get the physical and emotional support your need, the stress of care-giving leaves you vulnerable to a wide range of problems, including depression, anxiety, and burnout. And when you get to that point, both you and the person you’re caring for suffer. That’s why managing the stress levels in your life is just as important as making sure your family member gets to his doctor’s appointment or takes her medication on time.

Signs and symptoms of caregiver stress and burnout

Learning to recognize the signs of caregiver stress and burnout is the first step to dealing with the problem.

Common signs and symptoms of caregiver stress

  • Anxiety, depression, irritability
  • Feeling tired and run down
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Overreacting to minor nuisances
  • New or worsening health problems
  • Feeling increasingly resentful
  • Drinking, smoking, or eating more
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Cutting back on leisure activities
  • Trouble concentrating

Common signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout

  • You have much less energy than you once had
  • It seems like you catch every cold or flu that’s going around
  • You’re constantly exhausted, even after sleeping or taking a break
  • You neglect your own needs, either because you’re too busy or you don’t care anymore
  • Your life revolves around care-giving, but it gives you little satisfaction
  • You have trouble relaxing, even when help is available
  • You’re increasingly impatient and irritable with the person you’re caring for
  • You feel helpless and hopeless

Once you burn out, care-giving is no longer a healthy option for either you or the person you’re caring for. So it’s important to watch for the warning signs of caregiver burnout and take action right away when you recognize the problem.

Don’t let care-giving take over your whole life. It’s easier to accept a difficult situation when there are other areas of your life that are rewarding. Invest in things that give you meaning and purpose—whether it’s your family, church, a favorite hobby, or your career. Read on for some additional tips to lighten the load:

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Laughter is essential at least for a few minutes

Find your sense of humor again! 
It’s very hard finding any humor in our life, when being a caregiver zaps all of our energy.  But you must and you definitely can.

You really can find humor in any situation, but you have to allow yourself to see the funny side of it. We all need to laugh. It’s healing and it helps you to feel good even when everything else doesn’t feel so great.

Here are some ideas:

  1. Buy a joke book and put it in the bathroom as reading material!
  2. Watch one TV program a day that is purely humor.
  3. Ask yourself: Do you ever get that feeling that your guardian angel went out for a smoke and did not come back?
  4. If you can’t take the high road then just stop and eat something.
  5. Watch a cat video doing something stupid.
  6. Take time to read the comics in the daily paper.
  7. Watch reruns of The Big Bang Theory.
  8. Do something totally unexpected.
  9. Eat dessert for dinner.
  10. Take the person you are caring for out to try on hats and wigs.
  11. Find the nearest gag/joke store and start shopping! Remember to buy that whoopee cushion !

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Stroke Support Groups Northridge and Mission Hills

Stroke and Caregiver Support Groups

There are 2  Support groups in the SFV for both patients and caregivers

Northridge   Northridge Hospital Stroke Support Group

18300 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91328

Every Wednesday:  3pm – 4 pm

Northridge Hospital – Rehab Unit

Contact Mindy@ 818-885-8500 ext. 4865 for info

Free of charge — Support and education

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Mission Hills  Holy Cross Medical Center

15031 Rinaldi St, Mission Hills, Ca 91345

Conference room in North Building

Last Wednesday of each month

4:00-5:30 pm

Contact: Barbara @ 818-496-4467 for info.

Support and Education: Guest speaker for approximately

45 minutes. Group then splits into caregivers and survivors. Group does not meet in July or August.   No charge. Open to the community.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is here for you:

For information about Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-745-5051 to speak with Jan D. Somers, Education Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

 

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is a non-profit foundation. We provide support groups, educational conferences, resources, research updates/ clinical trials information and PD events in the SFV/Ventura/Central Coast/ Inland Empire.

As we rely on donations to continue providing these services at no charge, if you would like to support our efforts, you can donate with ease and security at our website or mail us your gift. Please make sure and note our website as a bookmark in your computer. It is:  www.neurocommunity.org 

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors may deduct contributions to the foundation as provided in section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telephone Caregiver evening support group

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Telephone Caregiver Support Group-USC

When:  2nd Monday of each month.

Time: 7:15 pm -8:45 pm 

To Register and for information call:   1-855-872-6060

Join us for an opportunity to share your feelings, develop friendships, receive emotional support, and discuss solutions to common caregiving issues with other family caregivers. The TELEPHONE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP “meets” the 2nd Monday of each month.

*Please note: This support group is conducted over the telephone.*

Please contact us at toll-free 1-855-872-6060 for more information . You will need to call and register to receive an access code for this event.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is here for you:
For information about Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles county, Ventura county, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-885-8623 to speak with Jan D. Somers, Education Director, Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Information Center at CARE, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

Guide for Caregivers and Families with Parkinsons

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A guide for caregivers by Dr. Henry Kimmel

MEET HENRY KIMMEL PSY.D

Burbank Support Group Guest Speaker: “A Guide for Caregivers”.

Dr. Henry Kimmel, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Encino, CA. He treats individuals, couples, and families and has specialized training with older adults and men. Dr. Kimmel is the recipient of the Starr Vega Award for Diversity Psychology. He has presented to other PD Support groups through The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

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San Fernando Valley Caregivers Only Parkinson Support Group

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The San Fernando Valley Caregivers Only Parkinson Support Group fosters a comfortable setting for sharing information, insight, advice and encouragement. The meetings provide an opportunity to learn from others who face the same challenges, and allow you to talk about your experiences. You’ll gain insight to new approaches of caregiving, including ones that worked for others in a similar situation. You can also gain perspective and learn caregiver stress management tools that come from hearing others talk about their experiences. [Read more…]

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