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3 Things You Should Do to Reduce Caregiver Stress

Caregivers dedicate themselves to providing support and care for loved ones, but sometimes the physical and emotional toll becomes too much to bear. It can be difficult to shift roles and become the caregiver for a senior parent, and even more taxing to become the caregiver to an ailing spouse. Even if you don’t want to have negative emotions about caring for a loved one, it is natural to feel frustrated, exhausted, angry, and stressed. And, sometimes that stress leads caregivers to develop a substance abuse problem as an unhealthy coping mechanism. If you are a caregiver struggling with alcoholism or addiction, you need to take steps to reduce your stress level.

 

Start Saying No

It is not unusual for caregivers to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs to cope with caregiving. Studies show that caregivers who have social and …

 

The Pain Experience: Meeting the Needs of Pain Patients by Stephanie Lynn Christianson

The Pain Experience: Meeting the Needs of Pain Patients
by Stephanie Lynn Christianson

Executive Summary
Pain is difficult to define with certainty. Healthcare professionals are confronted with a high degree of complexity which affect the standards of care. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as, “An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.” The experience of pain encompasses many factors which are frequently addressed only in part or neglected. The patient’s experience includes extensive emotional and psychological aspects which arise from sensory trauma in the body. The needs of a pain patient require more than treating the physiological symptoms. In order to fully address the comprehensive needs of the patient, emotional and psychological factors must be considered. To improve the quality of life of those living in pain, all contributory …

 
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