Felling Stressed? Is the air out of your tires? Maybe your entire bike is collapsing?
According to Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser of The Ohio State University, stress is “the feeling that you’re overloaded, out of control, and unable to cope,” and is much more than just hustle and bustle. Short term stress—meeting a deadline, studying for an exam—can be motivating but chronic stress can be debilitating. What should we do?
First, recognize the signs of stress. Trouble sleeping? Getting headaches? Getting stomachaches? Change in your appetite? Short-tempered?
Implement self-care: Turn to behaviorceuticals instead of pharmaceuticals for help.
- Exercise helps to release stress.
- Improve sleep habits.
- Stay socially engaged as much as possible because loneliness may exacerbate stress.
- Improve your diet.
Change the script that is looping around and around.
- If you find yourself feeing discouraged—being a care partner is hard work—recognize that you are doing your best.
- IMPORTAN: you do not have to be good at everything. Find your strengths and ask for help when needed.
- Comparing yourself to others will impede your confidence. Celebrate your successes.
- Sometimes things just happen or maybe you were just lucky. Be thankful.
- You are uniquely you and not what you do. Be kind to yourself.
- Take time to refresh and do not underestimate rest.