Using Support Groups to Manage Stress
By Brandi Swieter
Stress is a common theme among many caregivers. They have far too many tasks to accomplish not only of their own, but also the people they care for each day. Support groups are available to caregivers to help manage this stress. It’s just a matter of finding the right groups to join and making use of them.
Openly Discussing Stresses
Openly discussing the stresses of caregiving is one way to help rid yourself of the stress. It is important for people to express how they feel so they can get those feelings off their chest rather than letting them fester. It helps to speak about the problems being faced so they can be addressed rather than pushed to the side.
Hearing Another Perspective
Some people may think they have it bad, only to hear another person’s story and seeing how much worse off they have it. Hearing another perspective can change people’s mindset so they don’t view their caregiving duties as so bad. It’s also important to hear feedback and another perspective on one’s own situation to see how things aren’t as bad they may seem.
People don’t have to stick to the support groups to talk. If a couple of people want to go outside the group and start a friendship, that is perfectly fine. It may be beneficial to find one or two close friends who share the same stresses that understand what you’re going through. Friends can talk and get together more regularly than a group would meet.
Going to a group may provide people with techniques that can help them cope and relax on their own. Focus on learning these techniques and memorizing them so they stay on the mind and can be used regularly when needed. Taking a few minutes to meditate, using certain breathing exercises, and visualization may be suggested.
Even with support groups being utilized, many caregivers find themselves still struggling. Speaking to a doctor of chiropractic about an adjustment can help tremendously, as it takes tension away from the body and helps to clear the mind. Visit The Joint Chiropractic during some free time to see about options that can help. The clinic remains open during extended evening and weekend hours so patients can find a suitable time to be seen.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rock Hill, S.C.