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Care­giver Well-Be­ing is Key!

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The BCDA Care­givers Pro­gram would like to share some help­ful tips that was pre­sented dur­ing the first Care­giver Sup­port Net­work on Wed­nes­day evening.

Jackie Tan­gires, LCSW of The Op­tions Group, pre­sented on the topic of care­giver stress and healthy strate­gies to care for one­self.

Stress can cause neg­a­tive changes to the body, and worsen other health con­di­tion symp­toms. Ex­haus­tion, panic at­tacks, re­sent­ment, headaches, feel­ing over­whelmed, among others are com­mon symp­toms of stress.

To cope with the stress of ev­ery­day life and care­giv­ing, one strat­egy Jackie in­tro­duced was guided im­agery. Par­tic­i­pants in the ses­sion were able to en­gage in a guided im­agery ex­er­cise and found it to be very re­lax­ing.

Us­ing pos­i­tive men­tal im­ages to in­flu­ence how you feel, guided im­agery is in­tended to pro­vide a ground­ing to one’s in­ner self, with the goal to re­lease ten­sion and pro­mote re­lax­ation.

Pic­ture your­self in your happy place…at the beach, in the moun­tains, wher­ever it may be, and fo­cus on all of the smells and sounds of that place. Fo­cus on your breaths, con­trol­ling your breath­ing, re­leas­ing any ten­sion in your body.

There are many guided im­agery and re­lax­ation apps and videos on the in­ter­net. What do you find help­ful to re­lax or de-stress?

If you’re in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing the July 15 Care­giver Sup­port Net­work ses­sion, please email care­givers@ bal­ti­more­coun­tymd.gov.

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