Each year thousands of individuals are thrust into a caregiving role. While it can be difficult to focus on the positive aspects of caregiving, especially during a pandemic when everything feels amplified, remember how important, loved, and valued you are.
Leisure and recreational activities are important for helping to relieve stress, develop and maintain skills, express thoughts and emotions, and provide balance in life. This video is about indoor hobbies and leisure activities, since we are all spending more time at home. Here is a brief look at the activities mentioned in the video. Reading and audiobooks are great recreational activities for increasing knowledge and relieving stress. Learn how to access audiobooks for free on your computer, phone, or tablet through the Kansas City Public Library.
What is caregiver burnout? It is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. Caregiver burnout can occur when you have been caregiving for long periods of time. It’s important to remember that you are not alone and many caregivers experience this.
Drawing can address impairments in vision, arm function, movement, mental processing, and memory. This post will walk you through a 3-step drawing activity that increases in difficulty. Everyone can be an artist, so don't fear if you think you can’t draw! All you need is a paper and a pen!
This video is a great way to practice mindfulness through progressive muscle relaxation. Throughout your stroke recovery, it’s okay to feel stressed or anxious. This exercise helps you take a moment to recognize those emotions, as well as tightness in your muscles caused by substitution patterns or holding stress in different areas of your body. Take a moment to be present and release those mental and physical sensations.