It’s hard to believe that summer is over and the kids are back in
school again. Whether you have children in school or not, this time of
year always seems to make life just a little more hectic. As if it
weren’t hectic enough, right?
For those of us in the so-called
sandwich generation, it can be even more of a whirlwind. Between parents
and grandparents, in-laws, spouses, children and grandchildren, not to
mention work, church and social obligations, there can be days when we
feel like professional jugglers.
At Home Instead Senior Care serving the Southeast Valley,
we are strongly believe that you can’t keep all the balls in the air
unless you have both feet on the ground. That’s why we think that it’s
particularly important for members of the Sandwich Generation to take
care of themselves .
We know your time is a scarce commodity, so
we’ve made a list of a few things that you can do in five minutes or
less that will leave you feeling healthier, stronger and better able to
care for your yourself and your loved ones.
• Breathe, Pray, Love:
If you pray or meditate, you already know that it can have a
transformative effect. If not, you can still benefit from taking a few
moments each day to sit quietly, take a few deep breaths and concentrate
on the things in your life right now that you deeply love or that make
you happy. This tends to fall by the wayside when life gets busy, but if
you can make time for everything else, you can make time for this.
• Replace Acute Pressure with Acupressure:
If you feel a stress headache coming on, place your index and middle
finger to the wrist of your other hand, just at the base of your palm so
that those fingertips are in line with the pinky finger. Hold firmly
for about 30 seconds, then switch sides.
• The Sweet Smell of De-Stress:
Some of the best essential oils for stress are lavender, bergamot and
peppermint. Gently inhale them, or massage a little bit into your
temples and wrists when your agita-meter is in overdrive.
• When All Else Fails, Chocolate:
Or you can just skip the rest and start here. The flavonoids in dark
chocolate that has a cacao content of at least 70 percent counteract the
anxiety-producing hormone, cortisol. Unfortunately, the calories do
still count when you're eating for health benefits, so moderation is
For more information on caring for yourself while caring for
others, please contact Home Instead Senior Care serving the Southeast
Valley at 480-827-4343 or like us on Facebook.
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