From the moment your loved one was diagnosed, you’ve been feeling the pressure. You consistently take on more work. Your days are busier than ever. You can’t even imagine the last time you had a break.
Take care of yourself? Yeah, right. There aren’t enough hours in the day. Doctors’ visits. Appointments. Running around. Daily tasks. And that’s all before you get into the stuff you need to do … things like working eight hours a day, taking care of your family, taking care of you.
It’s fairly easy to see which of those tasks will get left behind.
After all, you have to make sure everyone else is taken care of. Others needs become more important than your own.
Or are they?
When our lives change, we experience stress. When we face situations new to us, we become overwhelmed. When we face the great unknown, it begins impacting us and all of those around us in a very big way.
And it’s understandable.
Traditional medicine says to treat the source of the problem, yet leaves little guidance for all else. So if your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s for example, traditional medicine begins providing medicine to counter the symptoms and potentially slow the process.
But what about alternatives?
John was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s in 2014. As more signs became visible, his stress began to escalate as he lost the ability to do some of the things he loved. His wife and caregiver tried to balance it by introducing other things into their lives. Yet his frustrations fed into her own. Several months after diagnosis, her stress levels were as great as his. She dreaded getting up in the morning, often meeting frustration head on as they both rose out of bed.
Then she was introduced to alternative therapies. She began using things liked focused breathing, mindfulness exercises, even massage therapy to relax and face her days with new energy. And as her stress levels decreased, she approached caregiving for her husband in different ways. And his frustration levels decreased too.
Alternative therapies can be different things for different people. What works for one person may not work for another. And in some cases, it may require several things at once to achieve peace and stress-free living.
Remember, this new phase of your life is a journey, not a race. Trying alternative therapies is meant to help you, the caregiver, and the loved one you are providing care for.
Therapies can include many different things. Focused breathing, mindfulness exercises, and massage therapy are just the beginning.
- Energy therapy
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
There are many options out there that can make a real difference in both of your lives.
Start by asking your doctors for referrals to alternatives. But keep in mind that even though they are becoming more aware of the benefits to alternative therapies, in many cases they may not understand all that is out there.
You can also ask us. Here at Adeste, we pride ourselves in looking for alternatives and finding the resources that can help you find simple joys in all that you do.