As family caregivers, many times we get so caught up in chores that we forget to relax. This is a significant problem. All of us realize what can happen to our bodies if we don’t take time for ourselves. However, what about our sick patient? The answer can be the same for them also; let’s see what we can do to help both caregiver and patient.
1. The first action is to set aside time; any amount will do 30 minutes, 2 hours, and a whole day. The length of time does not matter.
2. The second action is to write down some relaxing activities for the times listed in 1. You should list maybe two or three for each time frame.
3. The third action is to write these on small pieces of paper or if all ideas are listed on one piece of paper, cut them into individual activities.
4. The fourth action is to fold them into smaller pieces and place in a container. Be sure neither of you can read them.
5. The fifth action is to choose one (on the day you wish to relax and have your patient relax as well). Do not read this and put it aside as you do not want to do that today. No matter what was chosen, make the effort to accomplish this
Having the surprise and the job of doing what is necessary for this is part of the relaxation. We all know there are different kinds of stress and some is bad and some is good. This activity can help you and your patient have the good kind of stress.