Taking care of others can bring gratification and also can bring stress, especially if we do not have the opportunity to take care of ourselves.
Studies show that long-term stress can affect people’s health and well-being. It is important both for ourselves and for those who depend on us that we take the time to relax and replenish.
The healing arts can support caregivers in many ways. Mind-body relaxation techniques, music therapy, art therapy, expressive writing, and other approaches have been studied and applied in healthcare settings as safe, effective strategies to:
Build personal resilience
Reduce stress and anxiety
Increase feelings of connection and positivity
Facilitate the processing of grief and bereavement
Resources for Caregivers
Relaxation Hotline—Take a quick break to listen to one of four brief relaxation tracks online or at 718-920-CALM.
Healing Loss Workshop—A workshop retreat for Montefiore associates to help you process loss you have experienced in both personal and professional contexts.