If you’re busy caring for a loved one, you may become so focused on providing care that it may be difficult to realize or admit that you truly are experiencing harmful levels of stress. Even for the most resilient and capable individuals, caring for someone close to you involves challenging emotional elements to which no one is completely immune. Common signs of stress include:
- Denial about your loved one’s condition
- Anger and frustration, either towards your loved one or your situation in general
- Irritability or moodiness that results in negative actions or remarks
- Lack of concentration that makes it hard to do familiar tasks
- Exhaustion that feels insurmountable
- Sleeplessness caused by worrying
- Social withdrawal from people and places you used to enjoy
- Anxiety about the future
- Depression that makes it impossible to cope
- Health problems that won’t go away with medication
Caregiver stress and depression often go hand-in-hand. Learning to manage your stress as soon as possible can help you avoid the serious effects of depression and burnout and keep you going strong as you continue to care for your loved one. Great self-care and stress- management techniques for caregivers include:
- Take Advantage of Available Resources – Learn about what resources are available in your area to utilize if you ever need some backup. Adult day centers, senior living communities offering respite care services, home care services and more can provide valuable caregiving help when you feel overwhelmed.
- Seek and Accept Help – If close friends or family members offer to help you, let them. Most people who care about you and your loved one are happy to help take care of simple tasks, such as running to the pharmacy or grocery store. Don’t be afraid to ask someone you trust for help when you need it.
- Find Support – Talk about your problems and concerns with someone who understands what you’re going through, either a close friend or a local caregiver support group. Not only will it help you to voice your concerns, but you may also discover valuable advice from those who have shared your burdens. This can also keep you from feeling like you are going through this difficult time alone.
- Relax and Revitalize – Make sure you take some time for yourself every now and then. Learn relaxation techniques, like meditation, to practice keeping anxiety and stress at bay. Do something you enjoy, such as reading a book or catching up with friends, to remind yourself of who you are and that your life has value beyond your role as a caregiver.
- Take Care of Your Physical Health – Make time to see your doctor regularly and consult them on any health problems you may be experiencing. Address your concerns as soon as possible to keep them from turning into a serious problem. Make time for physical exercise, eat well and try to get the right amount of sleep each night.
Remember, prioritizing your own emotional and physical health is not selfish. In fact, taking care of yourself is vital to being a good caregiver for your loved one. You can’t have the energy, strength or positive state of mind you need to be the best caregiver possible unless you practice good self-care and reduce the stress in your life.
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