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Hayes, J. (2020, April 14). How to Use Mindfulness to Reduce Caregiver Stress. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/caregiver-stress/how-to-use-mindfulness-to-reduce-caregiver-stress

Weitzman, L. (2020, May 14). Tips to Help Caregivers Handle the Challenges of Covid 19. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/advice-for-caregivers/tips-to-help-caregivers-handle-the-challenges-of-covid-19

Weitzman, L. (2020, April 19). Ways to ease stress of caregiving during COVID-19. Cleveland Jewish News, 1. https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/features/special_sections/boomer/ways-to-ease-stress-of-caregiving-during-covid-19/article_00771640-7f5d-11ea-ae36-efb011d27acd.html

Scharf, L. (2020, April 14). Ways to Approach Caregiving Decisions. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/advice-for-caregivers/ways-to-approach-caregiving-decisions

How to Find Respite as a Caregiver During COVID-19

Carving out time in our day dedicated to ourselves with no outside distractions is challenging enough during the best of times. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these distractions are coming from inside—and with ‘inside’ being the safest location to be, it may feel next to impossible to get away from them. Those who are sandwich generation caregivers may be juggling work tasks with 24/7 parenting and managing the care of an older loved one, leaving no moments of the day set aside for personal time and self-care. For others, loved ones may need more frequent support if their adult day programming or senior center activities are still canceled or reduced. Or, many of us may simply be struggling to find avenues of self-care and respite when the relaxing activities we previously enjoyed—going to the spa, scheduling a vacation—may not be as simple as they once were.

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By Julie Hayes | 09/14/2020