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posted: November 29, 2004

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Timely Tip: Caregiver 'Quick Minis': Five Simple Strategies to Quickly Ease Caregiver Stress

While holiday stress is bad enough in itself, the added burden of caregiving can take it over the top. Recognizing this, Fred Newton, Kansas State University counseling director, developed the following series of ?Quick Mini? caregiver timeout strategies designed to help modify stress response without upsetting a general daily routine:

Diaphragmatic Breathing: Place one hand on your belly, just below the naval. On inhalation, your hand should move away from your body, on exhalation it should move toward the body. Focus your attention on the movement of your hand. This can be done standing, sitting or lying down.

The Four S's: First, smile and make your eyes sparkle. Then, take a deep breath. As you let it out, let your jaw hang slack, shoulders sag, and forehead smooth out. Do this again. The Four S's are smile, slack, sag, smooth.

Releasing Tension: Emphasize the differences between holding tension in your body and letting it go. Try to bend your toes up as if to touch your shins. Hold them there while you tighten your thighs, buttocks and fists. Take a deep breath and hold it while you clench your jaw and close your eyes. Hold all tension for five seconds. Then, let it go all at once -- do not ease off. Feel the tension draining from your body as you exhale.

Your Relaxation Place: Begin with a few relaxation breaths. Then, with your eyes closed, take a moment to create in your mind's eye an ideal spot to relax. You can make it any place you'd like -- mountains, beach, park, etc. It can be either a real or an imagined place. See yourself comfortably enjoying this place. Once you've created it, use it whenever you feel the need to relax.

Warm Hands: Visualize your hands as warm and relaxed. You might imagine them in a bucket of warm water, near a fire, or in a warm pair of fleece gloves. Perhaps you can even begin to feel the warm blood flowing down into your hands and into your fingertips. Your hands are warm and relaxed.

(See our article on Holiday Stress and Caregiver Timeouts,

November 2004, The Caregiver?s Home Companion)

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