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Do You Have a Plan for Stress Management?

Without a plan for stress management, stress tends to do its own thing. That means it grows and keeps poking at you in ways that are uncomfortable. As a caregiver, you have to find ways to keep your stress at levels that don’t take you out of the game entirely.

Caregiver Sonoma CA - Do You Have a Plan for Stress Management?

Caregiver Sonoma CA – Do You Have a Plan for Stress Management?

Get Some Exercise in Daily

Exercise is at the top of so many lists about relieving stress, but there’s a good reason for that. Working out causes your body to release oxytocin and other chemicals, known as endorphins, which help you to improve your mood and to feel better. Using your muscles also helps you to sleep better and to become healthier overall.

Try Meditating

Meditating isn’t for everyone, but it can be incredibly helpful. Lots of folks get bogged down in trying to meditate perfectly. It’s much more important to focus on doing the best you can to clear your thoughts. Perfection doesn’t have to be your goal. Focus on your breathing and let everything go for five minutes.

Eat Healthy, Nourishing Foods

What you eat matters. If you’re eating lots of foods that are full of calories, but low on nutrition, your body isn’t getting what it needs. Try to focus on eating whole foods, like fruits and vegetables, along with lean proteins. Preparing healthy meals early in the week allows you to grab and go when you’re busy and trying to eat the rest of the week.

Seek Out Support

Being a caregiver is so much easier when you have support behind you. Talk to friends and family members if you feel comfortable. Allow them to help you if they’re willing and able. Another option is to join a caregiver support group in your area. Talking with other caregivers helps you to feel less alone when everything seems to be going wrong.

Take Some Time for You

You also need to find time that you can use just for yourself. So much of being a caregiver involves doing everything that you can for the people in your life. You also need to be able to give yourself what you need in order to keep going.

Without a plan for stress management as a caregiver, life will roll right over you. It’s vital that you know what you’re going to do to keep yourself centered and to help yourself get back to centered when something knocks you sideways. There’s no way to prevent all stress, unfortunately, but you can determine how you’re going to handle it.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Caregiver Services in Sonoma CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.

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