018 | Managing caregiver stress during a loved one’s hospital trip

Graphic for Episode 18 of Heartsong Fit on Caregiver Stress

If you are in a caregiver role, this episode has tips and ideas to help you manage stress.

This is a solo episode with content that stems from my own experiences. I share methods for managing stress that I use while in the caregiver role with my mom. These are ideas you can adopt if you are in a caregiver role and helping your loved one if he or she needs to make a trip to the emergency room or hospital.

Steps to Take to Manage Stress

From keeping a bag packed and ready to having a plan for communicating with siblings, to reminders about wills, living wills, health care representatives and more, I touch on several simple steps you can take.

Have a plan in place. Take steps ahead of time that will help you manage stress during an upcoming hospital visit.

The music and cd set featured in this episode:

The Witness Tree

Llama Dance from the Wabash Gypsies album

Stories of a Stateside Bride

Previous episode of Heartsong Fit referred to in this episode:

Episode 013 – Scott Greeson and Vickie Maris take you behind the scenes of the creative process in their music life. Hear a live recording of Roadside Lullaby by Scott Greeson at the end of this episode as it was performed in a tiny cafe for a live audience.


Photo of Vickie Maris at Klipsch Music Center on VIP stageVickie Maris is podcast host of Heartsong Fit. She is a lifelong learner, a musician (she sings, and plays guitar and accordion in a band with her husband, Scott Greeson and Trouble With Monday), and fired up about incorporating uses of social media (podcasting, blogs, Twitter and more) into online teaching and course design. She holds a graduate degree in curriculum and instruction design with an emphasis in instructional technology. Vickie encourages people in their business and life improvement projects from uses of social media in the marketing mix to improving fitness and health for a strong, healthy and productive life as an entrepreneur or employee. Vickie and Scott live on a hobby-size farm with a Connemara horse, several llamas and a few show rabbits.