Stress Reliever

I’m the caregiver for my mother, age 89.  She is frail so I don’t like to leave her alone.  I also have my daughter and her 3 year old living with me.  I often care for my grandson while my daughter is working.  I now realize that so many people depend on me.  How can I relieve the stress I feel? 

Lee Anne, Willows

 Dear Lee Anne,

I just read an article by Martha Beck which offered valuable advice.  The harder, scarier, and more important task you’re undertaking, the more you’ll benefit from relaxing.  Simply remind yourself to take a deep breath and reduce your stress.  Taking just a few minutes at a time to do something that you find relaxing will rejuvenate you.  This can be as simple as looking at a small flower beds outside, to do some hobby, a 5 minute bubble bath or some exercise.  You don’t have to make the “all or nothing” choice.  A few minutes here and there will help relieve your stress.  Feel free to call or e-mail me for more ideas. 

Sincerely, Lyn