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Caring for the carer—session five Strength for caring Part two: keeping fit for caring and life, exercise, nutrition and relaxation.

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1 Caring for the carer—session five Strength for caring Part two: keeping fit for caring and life, exercise, nutrition and relaxation

2 Disclaimer: This material is published by Queensland Health and Mater Misericordiae Health Services Brisbane Limited (Mater) with the intention of providing information of interest. It is not intended to be a substitute for specific professional or clinical advice. Information may contain or summarise the views of others, and not necessarily reflect the view of Queensland Health or Mater. Although Queensland Health and Mater endeavour to publish accurate information, there is no guarantee that this information is up-to-date, complete or correct, and it must not be relied upon without verification from an authoritative source. Queensland Health and Mater do not accept any liability incurred by use of or reliance on this information.

3 Be good to yourself as the primary carer you will need energy and vitality to perform your additional duties exercise, good nutrition and effective relaxation strategies are an important part of self care caring for yourself is as important as caring for your friend or loved one with cancer.

4 Exercise for health and well-being

5 Be good to yourself—be active! Exercise has countless benefits: reduces risk of cancers (up to 50 per cent) improves mood and reduces stress levels helps prevent chronic diseases such as type two diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke and heart diseases

6 Be good to yourself—be active! (continued) helps maintain a healthy weight strengthens heart and lungs helps you sleep improves self-esteem and increases confidence strengthens your immune system.

7 Make activity part of your day walk or ride a bike for short trips or to your local shop get up to change the TV channel instead of using the remote control take the stairs instead of the lift walk your children to school park further away from your destination participate in the housework or gardening walk the dog. If you don’t have one, borrow the neighbour’s dog.

8 Make activity part of your day walk in the evening after dinner and watch less television do exercise while you are watching TV such as stationary bike, treadmill or swiss ball exercise get on or off public transport one stop further from home and walk the extra distance do Tai Chi or flexibility exercises use an exercise DVD at home buy an exercise mat.

9 Thirty minutes a day Exercising for 30 minutes a day, either in a row, or broken up, is beneficial to your health

10 Low to moderate intensity exercise


12 Walking

13 Moderate to intense exercise


15 Keep on track start easy and progress slowly set simple, realistic exercise goals vary your routine if possible plan around known interruptions.

16 Simple Tai Chi Exercise 1

17 Simple Tai Chi Exercise 2

18 Strength for caring - part 2 Food for feeling good

19 Caring for you - Nutrition Good nutrition is important for everyone! Strengthens immune system and keeps you healthy, body, mind and soul It will help you think clearly and cope better with the extra demands of caring Gives you the extra energy you will need to perform extra duties as carer

20 What is good nutrition? A diet rich in a variety of plant-based foods. 2 to 3 fruits daily 4 to 5 vegetables daily Choose wholegrain and unprocessed cereals. Choose foods from the five food groups and avoid over eating and under eating

21 Nutritional requirements It is just as important for the carer to meet nutritional requirements A sick carer is not an effective carer 3 meals a day with 2 healthy snacks and plenty of fluids is a step to meeting nutritional requirements

22 Meeting nutritional requirements Keep regular meal patterns. Eat small and frequent meals. Never skip meals! Have a range of pre-prepared or frozen meals. Keep plenty of healthy snacks on hand for times when you are waiting around

23 Hydration 2L a day keeps the doctor away! Always carry a water bottle If you don’t like plain water, flavour it by using: –Fruit ice cubes –Lemon/lime juice –Dash of cordial Caffeinated beverages are counted, but need to be chased with a glass of water

24 Strength for caring – part 2 Caring for you - Relaxation

25 Caring for you - Relaxation Most of us have discovered some ways to relax and enjoy ourselves However, the purpose of the session today is to introduce you to formal relaxation techniques that quickly and effectively trigger the “Relaxation Response” If relaxation is practiced regularly, it can have lasting beneficial effects

26 Meditation and Relaxation The relaxation response creates a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional response to stress: –Decrease in heart rate –Decrease in blood pressure –Decrease in muscle tension –Decrease in rate of breathing –Decreased metabolic rate

27 Relaxation Techniques Today you will have an experience of meditation, abdominal breathing and imagery There are other techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation Not everyone responds to the same techniques so try out various techniques and use the one that works best for you.

28 Abdominal Breathing Abdominal breathing is also known as diaphragmatic breathing Abdominal breathing can be practiced anywhere and at any time By using abdominal breathing you will cope better with stressful or challenging situations

29 Abdominal breathing

30 Abdominal Breathing The more it is practiced, the more natural it will become When breathing properly your abdomen will expand when you inhale and decrease when exhaling

31 Imagery for Relaxation The mid-brain interprets the information as real when imagination is used to create an experience and that experience is felt By using imagination during meditation, we can influence peace of mind, self esteem, confidence and improve our management of stress

32 Strength for caring Exercise, good nutrition and relaxation are wonderful ways to maximise your ability to cope from day to day when the demands of your life increase Remember to look after yourself as the carer!

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