Stress-Busting for Caregivers

Learn to take better care of yourself while providing care for someone else. This course teaches proven stress- reducing techniques for those caring for someone with a chronic illness or dementia. This free workshop consists for 90-minute sessions that are held once per week for nine weeks. 

Caregivers who have completed the program feel significantly lower stress, depression, and anxiety, and are able to enjoy a better quality of life. They have also experienced improvement in their ability to relax, manage stress, and feel better about themselves.

The Stress-Busting class teaches you:

  • The impact of stress on your health and how it relates to caregiving
  • How to deal with stress through relaxation techniques and problem solving
  • How to care for yourself while providing better care for your loved one

You will be given everything you need including a session handbook and online access to medication exercise and relaxation strategies videos.


Upcoming Classes

You must attend the entire nine weeks of the course. Seating is limited.

New session starting soon. 

To be added to the waitlist please email education@mountainland.org


For questions, email education@mountainland.org or call 801-229-3819.

Class Overview

Week  Content of Class Stress Management Technique
1
Getting started: Group introductions, purpose, and expectations of the program Relaxation Breathing
2Stress: Effects on Mind, Body and Spirit: Causes of stress, mind-body-spirit connections to stressMeditation
3Caregiver Stress and Relaxation: Effects of stress, relaxation response, creating a relaxation environmentImagery
4Facing challenges: Understanding and managing difficult and challenging situations when caring for someone with dementia or a chronic illnessHand massage
5Grief, Loss and Depression: Grieving process and losses related to caring for someone with dementia or a chronic illnessArt
6Coping with Stress: Discussion of changeable and unchangeable stressors. Changing roles and relationships. Use of coping strategies.Aromatherapy
7Positive Thinking: Changing the way one can think (cognitive restructuring) and how to view situations in a more positive framework. Twisted thinking is discussed.Journaling
8Taking Care of Yourself: Healthy Living: Integrating the strategies learned in earlier sessions to help develop a healthier lifestyle. Emphasis on incorporating good nutrition and sleep habits, exercise, and hobbies into daily routines.Music
9Choosing a Path to Wellness: Final integration of first 8 sessions and applying it so caregivers will be empowered to take care of themselves. Caregivers create a plan to do this and focus on healthy living. Discuss assertiveness skills.

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