The Balancing Act

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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 key..

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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