Ideas for relieving caregiver stress

From Caregiversonline.net

Ideas for relaxing:

• Call a good friend or several.
• Watch the sunrise or the sunset.
• Go out to a restaurant by yourself.
• Take a scenic drive.
• Fix a special dinner just for yourself and eat by candlelight.
• Buy new clothes you can afford.
• Buy yourself a stuffed animal.
• Go to a pet store and play with the animals.
• Visit a zoo.
• Go window-shopping.
• Buy yourself something special that you can afford.
• Go see a good film or stage production.
• Write a letter to an old friend.
• Bake or cook something special.
• Go to a concert.
• Hug a child.
• Tell someone you appreciate them.
• Have breakfast in bed.
• Take a pottery class.
• Recycle your newspapers and cans.
• Donate blood.
• Look at clouds.
• Open a can of coffee.
• Listen to the rain.
• Make herbal tea.
• Sit by a fire and read.
• Take a nap.
• Fly a kite.
• Daydream.
• Doodle.
• Read a magazine.
• Bake bread.
• Tell someone you love him or her.
• Go into a hot tub or Jacuzzi.
• Go to a museum.
• Look out a window.

• Sign up for an exercise, yoga, or Tai Chi class.
• Do some deep breathing throughout the day.
• What three things are you grateful for? Write it down and put it somewhere you will see it every day. Add to it.
• Say “no” sometimes and don’t explain why.
• Do nothing for a few minutes and not feel guilty.
• Go to bed early.
• Take a mental health “day off” from work.
• Keep a journal.
• Turn OFF the TV
• Find something good in EVERYone you meet.
• Make a list of your good traits.
• Buy a relaxation tape at a used book store.
• Have a good cry.
• Relax with a good book and/or soothing music
• Listen to a positive, motivational CD
• Go to YouTube.com online and listen to a symphony or your favorite music
• Rent a funny movie.
• Play your favorite music and dance to it by yourself.
• Write a special diary about your accomplishments.
• Work on your favorite puzzle.
• Work a crossword puzzle.
• Try “Words with Friends” or some other internet game on your computer, smartphone or electronic tablet.
• Browse in a book or record store as long as you want.
• Play the piano or other instrument.
• Take a warm bath.
• Take a sauna.
• Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure
• Treat yourself to a massage or ask for it as a gift.
• De-clutter a room.

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