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6 Secret At-Home Stress Relievers

As a caregiver,  you know you need to de-stress. But who has time to go to five yoga classes a  week or the money to indulge in a professional massage? There are ways to lower  stress without leaving your home, and without spending money. You’re surrounded  by everyday household items right now that have the power to help you relax and  unwind. You just have to know where to look!

Hand towel

Soak a hand towel in water and then microwave it for two minutes until its  steamy. Place the towel on the back of your neck and then over your face. As the  soothing heat hits your skin, your body will instinctively relax.

Water

Not only is running water a great noise muffler, but the sound and feel of  water is therapeutic. For maximum effectiveness, focus on the task at hand. The  goal isn’t to scrub down and towel off in under 30 seconds. Take 10 minutes for  a hot, unhurried shower or a steamy bath and feel the stress melt away. Massage  your head as you shampoo, use a scented body wash, loofah your skin gently. When  you emerge, you will feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the rest of your  day.

Paper

Don’t keep your anger, fear and frustration all bottled up. Vent it by  putting pen to paper. Studies show that writing  about stressful events in your life for just 10 minutes dramatically lowers  your perception of your personal stress. Experts aren’t exactly sure why it  works. Perhaps it’s because writing gets your worries out of your head and into  the real world where it’s easier to do something about them. It could be a more  transcendental explanation: the transfer of your stress through your hand, out  your body and onto the paper. Or maybe the exercise simply stops you from  ruminating about your problems. No matter what the reason, the result is the  same: Less stress and a better mood.

Tea

Skip  the coffee and opt for tea instead. Research has shown that drinking tea on  a daily basis can help lower stress hormones and inducing greater feelings of  relaxation. Try proven stress-busting brews, like Chamomile or black tea.  (Leesa recommends Organic India Tulsi Green Tea available at your local WholeFoods  (www.wholefoods.com) or order direct from Organic India at  www.organicindia.com.)

CDs

How often do you turn on the TV for “background noise.” Instead of reaching  for the remote, pop in a CD. Music has proven therapeutic benefits and does  wonders to alleviate stress. Experts suggest that it is the rhythm of the music  or the beat that has the calming effect on us even though we may not even be  consciously listening to it.

Candles

Aromatherapy is, well, therapeutic. Lavender, jasmine and chamomile scents relax  the mind and relieve stress. Give yourself several minutes of slow, deep,  even breathing. Imagine that with each breath, the scents are entering your nose  and spreading throughout your body, relaxing tight muscles and alleviating  tension. ( Leesa recommends Votivo candles!  Visit www.votivo.com. ) 

Tese moments will soon become one of your favorite times of the day.

Caregiving can be mentally and physically demanding. In the Caregiver Burnout  forum you can ask questions, find helpful answers or give your support.  Visit the Caregiver  Burnout Forum on AgingCare.com.

By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com

6  Secret At-Home Stress Relievers originally appeared on AgingCare.com.   AgingCare.com provides online  caregiver support by connecting people caring for elderly parents to other  caregivers, elder care experts, personalized information, and local resources.  AgingCare.com has become the trusted resource for exchanging ideas, sharing  conversations and finding credible information for those seeking elder care  solutions.

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