10 Ways Caregivers Can Take a Quick Break Right Now

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Caregivers need regular breaks

Taking regular breaks is essential for caregiver health. Like they say, caregiving is a marathon (or triathlon) so it’s essential to pace yourself for the long haul.

An effective way to pace yourself is to take micro breaks during the day. These tiny breaks will actually fit into your schedule and still benefit your physical and emotional health.


Even a 5 minute break reduces stress

You might think that you have to spend a week vacationing at the beach to reduce stress, but that’s not true at all. Even quick 5 minute breaks can significantly reduce your stress and improve your overall health.

Taking short breaks throughout the day also helps you be more focused and get more done. For someone with an endless To Do list, that’s music to your ears!


10 ways to take a quick break right now

Here’s a list of our 10 favorite free ways to take very short breaks. You’ll feel better in 5 minutes or less. Give one of these a try today!

  1. Close your eyes, slow your breathing, and count slowly to 10 and then back down to 1. Repeat.
  2. Drink a glass of water. Dehydration makes you tired, headachy, and cranky.
  3. Do a 2 or 5 minute guided meditation at the free website Calm.com (or see our guide to the free Calm.com mobile app).
  4. Follow this 5 minute relaxing stretch video you can do at your desk or chair.
  5. Listen to some upbeat music.
  6. Take a 5 min walk outside. If you can’t leave your older adult alone, just step outside the door and breathe some fresh air, leaving it open so you can still keep an eye on them.
  7. Do a brain dump. Get all your thoughts out on paper. Don’t worry about being organized, neat, or even making sense. Just start writing stuff down on paper and don’t stop until your brain is clear.
  8. Do some exercise – do 10 squats, 10 jumping jacks, and 10 lunges. Repeat until your body feels energized.
  9. Start planning a fun activity for yourself. Decide what you want to do, figure out how much time you’ll need, and ask family or friends to help with your senior while you’re doing your fun activity. That could mean going for a massage, taking a long walk, having a nice meal out, seeing a friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with, etc. This may take a few 5 minute breaks to get planned, but it will be worth it!
  10. Watch a funny video like the best of the TV show Wipeout (an obstacle game show) with hilarious commentary.


You might also like:
How to Take a Short Break from Caregiving with Respite Care
How Gratitude Helps You Reduce Caregiver Stress
Reduce Caregiver Stress Using Your Smartphone Alarm


By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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  • Reply June 16, 2019


    I want solutions that are practical and help make things easier, like my mother will tear her dry diaper off and soil her bed, I’ve bought the professional mitts and she got them off,it’s not a good way to start the day….

    • Reply June 16, 2019


      Incontinence can be tough to manage when someone has dementia. It can take some experimenting to find a solution that works well for the situations that come up.

      You could try getting a one-piece back-fastening outfit for sleeping. That makes it difficult to access the incontinence brief since she won’t be able to reach inside the jumpsuit. Here are a couple of suggestions for where to find comfortable, stylish adult jumpsuit:
      — Buck & Buck Specialized Clothing Solves Senior Dressing Problems https://dailycaring.com/buck-and-buck-specialized-senior-clothing-solves-dressing-problems/
      — Silvert’s women’s jumpsuits https://www.silverts.com/show.php/list?search=woman+jumpsuit

      Or, the incontinence brief that she’s wearing could be uncomfortable. Perhaps trying a different brand or style could help.

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