Caregiver Wellness, Stress Management and BakerRipley Resources
Erial Green, Caregiver Support Specialist, is a social worker who’s been working at BakerRipley for five years and is very passionate about serving family caregivers. She joins CarePartners live on Facebook and YouTube to share about the different resources BakerRipley is offering and some of her caregiving wellness and stress management advice.
BakerRipley has a vast online resource library with caregiving classes, long term care information, respite service information and much more. They are offering a 6 week program titled Powerful Tools for Caregivers that helps family caregivers build coping skills and learn techniques for self-care, as well as a 9 week program titled Stress-Busting for Family Caregivers. It focuses on education, support and stress management using a holistic approach to emotional, physical and spiritual needs of caregivers.
Caregiving Stress Management Advice
“Think about those things that bring you joy,” Erial said. “I know it’s very hard, because a lot of the times we are thinking about all the things we lost and can’t do, but I encourage you to think about the opportunity. Think about all the things you haven’t been able to do in awhile that you might be able to do.”
Finding joy can be found in the scent of candle, listening to music, laying in a hammock or going for a walk. We are encouraging everyone to try and find something positive to focus on in their own lives.
“I think this is a great opportunity for us to connect online, especially for caregivers, because there are sometimes when you just can’t get out of the house. It doesn’t even have to be COVID-19 going on. It’s just because of your caregiving or your geographic location.”
Erial leaves us with these three tips:
- Find something you like to do. Start small: It doesn’t need to be anything grand. It can be something as simple as cooking a meal for yourself. Pick something that YOU like to do, what works for you may not work for someone else.
- Create a space that relaxes you. Find a place that you can go to that prompts you to enter a more relaxed state away from everyone else in your home.
- Chang your mindset and understand that we can’t control everything. Focus on how you react and how to make the best of a situation.