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:
You will be given everything you need including a session handbook and online access to medication exercise and relaxation strategies videos.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 801-229-3819.
|Week||Content of Class||Stress Management Technique|
||Getting started: Group introductions, purpose, and expectations of the program||Relaxation Breathing|
|2||Stress: Effects on Mind, Body and Spirit: Causes of stress, mind-body-spirit connections to stress||Meditation|
|3||Caregiver Stress and Relaxation: Effects of stress, relaxation response, creating a relaxation environment||Imagery|
|4||Facing challenges: Understanding and managing difficult and challenging situations when caring for someone with dementia or a chronic illness||Hand massage|
|5||Grief, Loss and Depression: Grieving process and losses related to caring for someone with dementia or a chronic illness||Art|
|6||Coping with Stress: Discussion of changeable and unchangeable stressors. Changing roles and relationships. Use of coping strategies.||Aromatherapy|
|7||Positive Thinking: Changing the way one can think (cognitive restructuring) and how to view situations in a more positive framework. Twisted thinking is discussed.||Journaling|
|8||Taking 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|
|9||Choosing 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.|