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February is Library Lover’s Month

Caregiver Tips Tallahassee FL: Reading Can Be a Great Stress Reducer for Caregivers

Caregivers need effective ways to reduce senior care stress. As much as you love and care for your elderly loved one, it can still be a tiring and stressful job sometimes. Have you ever thought of reading to reduce stress? Reading is actually a great way to give yourself some relief.

It’s a well-known research result that reading is a good stress reducer. But it mostly extends to reading for pleasure. While reading the newspaper or the bills in the mail is required reading, it isn’t necessarily enough to contribute to stress reduction. The content in the daily news isn’t exactly relaxing to hear either.

“Reading can be a wonderful (and healthy) escape from the stress of everyday life. Simply by opening a book, you allow yourself to be invited into a literary world that distracts you from your daily stressors. Reading can even relax your body by lowering your heart rate and easing the tension in your muscles. A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. It works better and faster than other relaxation methods, such as listening to music or drinking a hot cup of tea. This is because your mind is invited into a literary world that is free from the stressors that plague your daily life.”

With the month of February being Library Lovers’ month, it’s a perfect time to gain a new love and appreciation for your local library. Go there and browse around. See what’s available for newspapers and magazines, books and reference material. You don’t have to find whatever’s on the best-seller list. There are plenty of other great reads just waiting to be discovered!

Reading is the best stress reliever as long as you don’t choose a book that may be upsetting. It should help you feel relaxed and take you into a different world, away from your own problems and worries. Novels that help you escape into another world are ideal. Books about cooking, travelling and hobbies are also great. Love pictures? Choose a book with big color pictures of far-away people and places.

Your neighborhood public library isn’t the only great source of free reading materials. Many cities also have college or university libraries, with borrowing privileges through your public library card. Check and see what’s available.

Online libraries are another source of many reading materials. With the popularity of e-readers and reading online, there are many digital books you can access.

Most libraries are very diverse, with something that would interest anyone. Why not visit your library during the month of February and see what there is to love about your library?

Hopewell In-Home Senior Care of Tallahassee, FL is dedicated to helping seniors maintain full, independent lives where they most desire to live: in the comfort of their own homes. Call us at (850) 386-5552.

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Brian Moran

Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.