It can be challenging to manage stress during times of uncertainty and families are facing new challenges as they learn to deal with the realities of social distancing and our new normal. Current circumstances can be particularly difficult for the elderly and those with preexisting health conditions who are at a higher risk of suffering from stress-related problems. If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, make sure to follow these four steps to help reduce the stress of COVID-19. And, remember, you are not alone. Specially trained caregivers understand the difficulties that families are facing right now and can help you during these challenging times.
Stay informed, Stay Calm:
Make sure to stay informed, but remember not to panic. A constant stream of news can be overwhelming, and the word pandemic can trigger many emotions. Between the news and social media, there is no shortage of information, some of which can cause fear, worry, and stress. Making things more complicated, the elderly may have a harder time deciphering what is true and what is not. To reduce anxiety, rely on credible sources such as the Centers for Disease Control Prevention or the World Health Organization for the most current information regarding COVID-19. Caregivers can help you, or a loved one avoid sensationalized news and focus on the facts so they can stay informed and prepared without the panic.
While social distancing, it is more important than ever to say in touch with friends and family. Staying connected can keep you from feeling isolated and allows you to talk about your concerns with the people who matter the most to you. Make sure to check-in with regular phone calls, FaceTime with friends, or set-up Zoom meetings with family. The comfort of hearing a familiar voice or the reassurance of seeing someone you love can help keep feelings of isolation and depression at bay. Technology can be confusing, but caregivers can help you or the senior in your life go virtual and stay connected.
Take your mind off of things and get up and move around, eat well-balanced meals that will make you feel good, do activities you enjoy to relieve stress and make sure you get enough sleep each night. Without the help of friends and family, the elderly and homebound may find it challenging to stay on top of their health. With the help of in-home care, families can worry less about the health and wellbeing of loved ones even when they can’t be together. Caregivers and home health aides can help with exercise, meal preparation, and other activities to help you or your loved one stay on track.
Worry and fear can be debilitating, especially during times of uncertainty. If the stress begins to affect your ability to complete daily activities on a regular basis, reach out to your healthcare provider for help. They can provide you with the tools and resources needed to help manage stress and keep you feeling your best. Especially during times of isolation, warning signs can be missed; but, caregivers are trained to recognize changes in behavior and health and can help you get the help that you need to stay healthy.
No matter what the need is, we are here to help. Our caregivers are dedicated to keeping you or your loved one safe and healthy during these uncertain times. To learn how Assisted can help call us at 800-949-6555 or visit us online at www.AssistedCares.com.