Caregivers need to find ways to manage their stress this holiday season and you, as family and friends of a caregiver, can use holiday gatherings to help them do this. But first you need to open the door to a conversation with the caregiver about how they are doing. Here are tips for them to get this conversation going and allowing the love and support to flow.

Here’s the fifth of 6 tips: letting your loved one know that you’re there to support them and help them avoid burning out.

5) Explore ways to share the care and be part of the caregiver’s circle of support.

holidaytipsNobody can do it alone. That’s a well established understanding in the world of caregiving.

Doing it alone is a surefire way towards exhaustion and, ultimately, burn out.

Exhaustion and social isolation are bad for our health.

Believe it or not, the latest research shows that caregiving is good for the caregivers’ health. In fact, caregivers live longer – are 18% more likely to do so (as per a study of caregivers of people who’ve suffered strokes – by Dr. David Roth of Johns Hopkins University).

In order for caregivers to enjoy this longevity benefit of caregiving, they must find ways of preventing exhaustion and social isolation.

You can help them by sharing this tip with them and then offering to explore some ways of enlarging their circle of support. You may need to help them get past beliefs they may have that get in their way of reaching out and accepting love and support. You may also need to help them to clarify what aspects of privacy are important to them and find ways to protect them while opening up to support.

Help them to open up the circle and let the love flow.

BTW – The health benefits will also flow to those who step forward to provide that support.

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