Caregiver Resource Page
Caregiving wisdom, creative solutions, and stress relief tools
Burnout is a stress response to overwhelming responsibilities – like juggling work and caring for family members. People who are burned out describe being ineffective and inefficient, and feeling physical, emotional, and/or spiritual exhaustion.
The resources on this page will help you carry on, preventing or reducing burnout, with creative solutions and free stress relief.
Do you help someone who cannot do certain things for themselves? Then you are a Caregiver!
Informal caregiver and family caregiver are terms used to refer to individuals, such as family members, partners, friends, and neighbors, who take care of loved ones with functional, emotional, and/or cognitive limitations due to illness or injury (FCA, 2014; NCP, 2018, p.62). Because of those limitations, they may need help with groceries, cooking, driving, scheduling appointments, taking medications, bathing, or more. Caregivers may live with or nearby the care recipient, while some offer care long-distance.
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Stress Relief Tools
Say “NO” to burnout: respite is closer than you think
Recovering after caregiving is done
More burnout reduction for caregivers
Helping the pros reduce burnout benefits you and your loved ones
Diving deeper with online courses
Not free but worth every penny!
Managing Stress, Mindfully
Time to care: The Nurse’s Guide to Caring for your Aging Parent
Gale’s caregiving story
My experience as a family caregiver
Soothe yourself and relax the family members you care for
If you need a break from stress, you are not alone. In a 2015 survey of people caring for family members, 42% requested assistance with coping and managing stress for themselves and their loved ones. (Source: Caregiving in the US 2015).
Helping your family member is not for the fainthearted. Nor is your family member’s experience, whether they struggle with physical, emotional, aging, or cognitive limitations. Here’s how you can both take a break from the stress while developing greater resiliency to the challenges you face.
With less stress, you can
- Enjoy better quality sleep
- Feel calmer and in more control
- Mindfully use your interpersonal skills
- Be more resilient to life’s challenges
- Allow your natural compassion to shine through (rather than irritability and anger!)
- Benefit from more focus and better attention span
- Enhance your creativity, both in the arts and in problem solving
- Support a loving and compassionate approach to life…and to caring for your loved ones.