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Sun, Showers, and Fresh Vegetables: How a Garden Will Alleviate Stress as a Caregiver

Caregiver Stress in Bristol CT

Caregiver Stress in Bristol CTIt’s gardening season once again. For the busy family caregiver, this year might not seem to be conducive for planting, tending to, or harvesting the garden. After all, you have to worry about your aging mother, father, or other loved one.

It’s important for people to stay active and focused on things they are most interested in. If they give these things up, it can lead to increased stress and anxiety, even under the best of circumstances. When caring for an elderly parent for example, that stress can increase dramatically.

Worrying about whether or not your mother or father is okay, safe, or needs anything can begin wearing you down every day. If you don’t have an outlet in life, there’s no way for the stress to dissipate. There are many different outlets people can enjoy, including speaking to friends, spending time with friends, watching movies, playing sports, and much more.

One outlet for many people happens to be tending to a garden. There are many ways gardening can alleviate stress from anyone’s life, including that of a family caregiver.

1. Getting outside.
One of the greatest benefits of gardening is that it gets you outside. The body was designed to operate efficiently in many different atmospheres and climates. However, certain vitamins and nutrients can’t be synthesized properly if the skin is not getting any exposure to direct sunlight.

As a result, getting outside will help your body feel better and get the kind of nutrition it needs to stay healthy. A healthy body can manage stress quite a bit better.

2. It can clear your mind.
Stress is often exacerbated by thoughts that never seem to stop. When you go out to garden, you can get lost in the process of weeding, making the vegetables, and checking everything out. As a result, you will eventually stop thinking about all of the worries that surround your mind.

3. Healthy eating.
Most people, when they garden on a regular basis, have a tendency to consume the vegetables and other fruits as they grow themselves. As a result, they’re getting a better diet on a daily basis. As such, when you get better nutrition, it will help your body function at optimal levels.

It’s not too late to get that garden going and, ultimately, help alleviate some of the stress you may feel as a family caregiver. It’s also never too late to consider relying on a home care aide to help out with your elderly loved one. That could give you some much needed rest and it can give your elderly loved one many wonderful benefits of as well.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Bristol CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Bristol at 860-597-3924.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of and
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