Participant Reviews – Stress Busting
In what ways, if any, did participating in the Stress Busting program change you or your way of perceiving or dealing with stress?
The Class exposed all the tasks caring for a loved one entails and that, especially if the patient is living at home, it will cause stress, anxiety, frustration, etc. and that is normal. Even though it is stressful, the caregiver needs to shed guilt and find ways to cope ——– and there many great examples.
Just sharing experience and ideas made me feel understood and not alone.
It allowed me to learn other’s stories and the struggles they are going through. That helped me feel I am not alone and that others understand the difficulty.
Do you cope with difficulties any differently now? If so, how?
Throughout the day, I strive to concentrate on the task at hand; think it through, decide and act on it to a satisfactory conclusion. I also try to take time to relax, read, meditate, etc. while my husband is napping——I have that time for myself.
Yes, letting go of things I can’t change and accepting that I’m doing the best I can for mom.
I looked into things that would help my stress level. I started yoga and committed myself to practice 3x/week. Focusing on my bible more. Making friends a focus.
What plans do you have to “take care of yourself”?
My plan is to reach out to the services available, either through Bill’s VA benefits or self-financed to give me the respite time to take care of my outside needs —–to allow me to have interaction with grandchildren and friends. I plan to organize as much as I can our house so that we can enjoy it as time goes on and, if necessary, to be able to downsize in the future.
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More exercising (walking) when it stops raining!
Taking time for myself more; continuing to read my bible and other religious books. Continue to stay in contact with friends.
What advice would you give a new caregiver?
Try to remember the disease is that person; try to stay calm in all situations; reach out to learn as much as you can; surround yourself with help when needed; plan easy meals; plan some nice outings with or without your loved one; try to talk of the fun stuff as you can still enjoy many things; don’t beat yourself up; reach out to services such as support groups, support classes and share your experience and learn from others.
Take classes, get in a good support group, take care of yourself, call Alzheimer’s support and read the book The 36 Hour Day.
Take care of yourself so you can take care of your loved one. Be kind to yourself.
Forgive yourself. Seek out supportive people to help you through it.
THANK YOU, GAIL & LINDA, FOR A REALLY INFORMATIVE AND WELL-LED CLASS !!!! AS WE GO THROUGH OUR JOURNEY, WE HAVE HOPE AND SKILLS THAT HELP US BE AS WELL EQUIPPED AS POSSIBLE. I LOOK FORWARD TO KEEPING MY GOOD HEALTH AND BALANCE AND ENJOYED THE REFERENCE BOOK AND SHARING WITH THE OTHERS.
Thank you, Gail and Linda. It was a great program and so thankful for you.