There are currently 42.1 million adults caring for their loved ones here in the U.S. The majority of these caregivers are women who work outside the home and spend at least an additional 20 hours each week caring for a family member or close friend without receiving monetary compensation. The added stress of caring for loved ones has led to a 29 percent increase in the use of anti-anxiety medication among caregivers.
Express Scripts released a report in August 2013 that summarized a research study in which they "paired an analysis of Express Scripts' prescription drug claims data with a telephone survey of more than 12,000 commercially-insured individuals ages 18 to 65. The data revealed that use of medications to treat conditions for which stress is the common denominator, including high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and ulcers, is higher among caregivers."
The study also found that caregivers rated themselves in poorer health in comparison to non-caregivers and a higher proportion of them report that they are unhappy. It's no wonder that so many of them are turning to anti-anxiety drugs.
For those of you out there who want to try to avoid using pharmaceuticals to manage your stress, here are some all-natural tips for getting back to a place of calm.
You wear a lot of different hats when you are caring for an elderly parent or relative and it's easy for time to become your biggest enemy, which in turn, makes you feel stressed. You may never feel like you have enough hours in the day to accomplish everything, but the following tools might help you feel more relaxed:
Nearly 25-35 percent of the workforce is now caring for a chronically ill or aging family member and this number is expected to increase 50 percent over the next five years. There are a few things you should know about how to handle your caregiving responsibilities while balancing your work schedule:
Holistic Home Remedies
The definition of holistic health is "the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease." Creating an environment that stimulates the senses and triggers a relaxing emotional response can be just as effective as taking medicine. Here are a few suggestions to help you turn your house into a calming oasis:
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