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.

April 15 - June 10
Every Thursday from 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Virtual class held via Zoom
* Participants must attend all sessions.
RSVP by April 6.

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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