When you learn the signs of caregiver stress, you will be more able to take a step in preventing it. One of the first things you can do is contact your primary doctor with your concerns before your health gets out of control. Finding other caregivers that are going through the same thing as you is essential in combatting stress. Some days you need to vent or have someone to listen.
The emotional and physical stress is widespread among those who care for others. As a caregiver, you do fantastic work caring for others. Caregiver stress can affect both professional caregivers who are paid to provide care to clients in their homes or in a healthcare setting and unpaid caregivers who provide care to a loved one, friend, or family member.
Caring and caregiver stress does not discriminate. Either way you look at it, its hard on your body, mind, and soul.
Here are common signs and symptoms of caregiver stress.
Anxiety, depression, irritability
When you unclear on what is happening with your loved one or someone you care for many times this can lead to depression. Sometimes you are unable to see that this is what is happening or afraid to get help. Negative thoughts can sometimes come to your mind, and that is normal. If you continuously are sad and have bouts of crying it may be time to seek help from a professional.
Early attention to symptoms of depression and anxiety through exercise, a healthy diet, positive support of family and friends, or a trained mental health professional is your best chance of getting better. You would be surprised at how a little activity can help balance your emotions. I know when I was going through my bout of depression my daily movement did get me out of my funk. Please reach out to someone for the help you deserve and need! Email me
Feeling tired and run down.
This happens when you are doing so much and feeling run down and then exhausted. Try your best to find a little time for yourself. Even if its only 10-15 minutes at a time. Add exercise and a positive mindset to your daily routine if you’re not already active. Those feel-good endorphins are a thing, and they do miracles on your mental and emotional state.
Did you know Even a single night of interrupted sleep could screw you up the next day? Try your best to get some zzzz’s. I found using lavender essential oils in my diffuser is live the magic potion to get some extra and much-needed sleep. I put about seven drops of essential oils in my diffuser and let run while I sleep. It’s also great for someone that snores. I have used it on my husband when the snoring keeps me awake at night.
Overreacting to minor nuisances.
When your emotions are all over the place your more likely to overreact to minor things that are happening in your life. There is nothing scarier than not knowing what is happening to someone you are caring for and it can be stressful and may be uncertain about the outcome. Self-care and taking care of your self with meditation and yoga to relax your body and mind might help.
New or worsening health problems.
Your health is also important not just for the person you are taking care of but you. Don’t put off your health just because you feel like you have to do everything. Ask for help so you can go to your medical appointment. They need you to be active and healthy in body and mind. Taking care of yourself is very important.
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If ‘putting yourself first sounds too selfish or too hard, try something simpler: put yourself on an equal footing with those you love and are caring for.
So please take care of yourself. Your life is so valuable and worth it, and you will feel so much better when you take care of yourself and control your stress.
Do you have any signs of caregiver stress? One thing that seems to help is therapy and to work through your anxiety. Giving people feel this helps so they have more control over their lives and helps manage the blues.
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