40 Ways to Reduce Caregiver Stress Through Gratitude

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Gratitude is an effective stress-reducing tool

We all know that it’s important for caregivers to reduce stress. Stress reduction protects you from burning out and from serious health conditions. It also improves your quality of life.

There are many stress-reducing tools you can try. One is the practice of gratitude. In previous articles, we’ve talked about how being grateful helps you reduce caregiver stress and how to keep a brief daily gratitude journal.


40 more ideas to add gratitude to your day

In case keeping a gratitude journal doesn’t appeal to you, we found a list of 40 quick and simple ways to inject some gratitude into your everyday life.

Our top 5 picks from the list

  1. Watch inspiring videos that will remind you of the good in the world.
  2. Include an act of kindness in your life each day. (DailyCaring tip: Caregivers perform acts of kindness all day every day, but the trick is to notice that you’re doing it.)
  3. When you think a negative thought, try to see the positive side in the situation.
  4. Commit to one day a week when you won’t complain about anything.
  5. When times are bad, focus on your friends who are at your side.


Bottom line

Whether it takes 2 seconds or 5 minutes, adding gratitude to your life is a positive way to reduce stress and improve your health and quality of life.


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By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
Image: Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa


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  • Reply November 25, 2016

    Elizabeth Haire

    I have a few comments on the gifts for seniors list. Some of the items a person will not need in duplication, so caution others who may be giving gifts to check with Caregiver/Family to see if that item is already present. I have one elderly person who likes jigsaw puzzles and one who does not, the same with crossword puzzle books, so interest level is something to note as well.
    I tried to think of consumable goods-something that will not become a dust-collector in the elderly person’s home.

    • Reply November 25, 2016


      Great tips Elizabeth! It’s a smart idea to check first to make sure you’re not buying duplicates or cluttering the house with things they definitely don’t like.

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