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How do you deal with stress?

Caregivers we all have to remember the importance of looking after ourselves while caring for our relatives!  Here is a good site from the Alzheimer’s Association to help you assess your level of stress – http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-stress-check.asp

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submitted by Heavenlywind on Thursday, 12/02/2010 - 7:43pm

Level of stress 50. I am taking xanax to bring down the panic and a therapist to learn how to relax.

submitted by Vivian on Sunday, 11/28/2010 - 2:16am

I am glad that others find the need to take a walk, exercise to relieve stress.  During the warmer months, I was walking around the neighborhood, even short walks, made a difference to me.  Now that the snow is starting to fly and it is very cold outside, we have dusted off the treadmill and I want to start using it on a regular basis.  

submitted by Jo G on Wednesday, 11/24/2010 - 3:20am

I have found that over the last year, I feel much better when I go to the gym to walk the treadmill and take my frustration out by lifting light weights.  It is hard to squeeze an hour out of my day, but I just feel better when I can manage this.  I seldom talk to anyone at the gym; I just put on my iPod and work out.  I feel better about myself when I return home and find that I am more patient with my husband.  And when I don't follow this routine, I know he feels it, too.  Luckily, he can remain by himself with specific cues and with a written note to tell him where I am.  I call him to and from the gym even though I only live about ten minutes away.  The physical nature of the work out is important but in a small way, for me, this is like the "wind blowing through my brain".

submitted by JeanneG on Wednesday, 11/24/2010 - 3:01pm

You are so right, Jo! I was doing so much better with stress when I was doing water exercises. Health issues made that impractical and I've neglected to come up with something to replace it. I have GOT to resume some exercise! I felt so much better when that was part of my day. Thanks for the reminder.And here is something interesting: my husband's doctor feels that physical exercise is extremely beneficial for LBD patients. I am much better at encouraging hubby to do his exercises than I am at making time to do my own. Maybe I'll exercise with him today!

submitted by okbump on Sunday, 11/28/2010 - 12:50am

We had purchased a Wii just before my hubby got what I call "sick" on Oct 29th of this year. It was purchased with the intention that we would play games together on it.  Now that he's bedridden, I use it to exercise, and that really helps with the stress.  We have nobody to sit with him so I can go to the gym, so the Wii is a real lifesaver for me.  Little did I know how drastically our lives would change in the twinkling of an eye after we bought it! 

submitted by Kae Cinderella on Tuesday, 11/30/2010 - 6:41pm

For many of the same reasons (my lack of funds, and time) I bought a Wii just the other day.  Merry Christmas to us!  But I also bought the "Just Dance" and "Fit" series so I can workout when mom's aides are here to help her with her shower.  I've put on some weight dealing with all this the last few years, everything has changed so much, and I am hoping the Wii will be fun for everyone - when the kids come to visit, maybe someday Mom might even want to try some of the games (hopeful) and for myself!  Keep up the good work with your exercise program! 

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