Caregivers can easily become overwhelmed by the challenges associated with tending to loved ones, managing relationships with other members of the family, and trying to find time to take care of their own personal needs. No wonder they often feel stressed!
Many caregivers just need a little stress relief. If that sounds like you, take this short quiz to see how much you know about stress relief.
1. True or false: adding exercise to an already-crowded schedule just serves to increases stress and tension.
Answer: false. Physical exercise is one of the most beneficial ways of treating stress. Whether it’s going to a gym or just taking a fifteen-minute walk, finding time to engage in physical activity on a regular basis helps to reduce stress levels.
2. True or false: what enters your body can affect your stress levels.
Answer: true. Staying in good physical shape helps you deal with stress more effectively and healthily. Making sure that you eat a proper diet containing plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and only limited amounts of fat, sugar, and caffeine will aid your overall health and assist you in stressful times.
3. Which of the following may help you deal with a high-stress day?
A. Walking in a nearby park.
B. Wriggling your toes in a babbling brook.
C. Sitting under a tree in your yard and watching birds.
D. All of the above.
E. None of the above.
Answer: D. Studies have shown that spending a little time with nature can lift your spirits and put you in a more pleasant mood.
4. True or False: only a professional masseuse can help rid a person’s body of tension.
Answer: false. Stress causes tension, but you don’t have to go to a spa to get some relief. Asking a friend or family member to just give you a back rub can be beneficial. Even when you’re alone, you can work out the kinks in easy-to-reach muscles yourself.
5. Fill in the blank: A hobby that would help you relieve stress is ____________.
Answer: whatever hobby interests you. The important thing is to have a hobby if you want one. Having an interest that involves you makes you feel better and eases stress.
Caregivers have a lot on their plates. It’s natural that stress will build up. That’s why it’s so important that caregivers do everything they can to find release valves for their stress. Not only will relieving stress make you feel better, but it will also put you in a position to be an even better caregiver. It’s a win-win situation for all!