Grandparents Raising Grandchildren-How to Take Care of Yourself
Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren? If you are or know someone who fits this description, then you are aware of the stress associated with change and being a second-time-around parent. It's not the grandchildren who are causing the stress, because you know what a blessing it is to have them around. Stress comes from changes in your financial status, changes in the family structure and schedules, and the reasons you needed to take in your grandchildren. Any time you experience sudden or drastic change in your life, you experience stress.
Stress can cause some very common health-related problems including fatigue, insomnia, high blood pressure, cancer, stroke, heart attacks and other illnesses. Unless you take control and learn how to manage the stress, it may lead to chronic illness. Your grandchildren need you, so it's important to take care of yourself.
Keep a gratitude journal. Daily gratitude will help keep you focused on the positives. When you focus on what you are grateful for, it's easier to feel peaceful and accepting of your life.
Exercise is a proven stress reliever. Involve your grandchildren in some healthy activities and start them on an active and healthy path also!
Exercising your mind can also reduce stress. Books, puzzles, brain teasers and games are tools to keep your brain active. Incorporate some of these fun pastimes into time with your grandchildren.
If stress becomes too overwhelming, and you do not have people close for a source of support, you may want to consider seeing a counselor or finding a support group.
To begin your stress relief journey, make a list of the strategies that you will implement, and put them into action. By doing so, you are inviting gratitude, balance and tranquility into your life.
by Kay Fontana