There are so many things in life that can tire a person out. Most of us have gotten physically and emotionally worn out at various times, whether it was constant studying for intensive exams in college, deadlines that never seemed to end at work, raising children, dealing with illnesses among family members, and much more. For the average family caregiver, though, taking care of an aging parent, spouse, sibling, or other loved one may seem simple, but it can wear a person down quickly.
Here are a few tips that can help just about any family caregiver, even you, spot emotional fatigue and realize there is something to be said about asking for assistance.
Sign of Emotional Fatigue #1: A shorter temper.
Most of us have some type of temper, or fuse. In certain situations, we can get snappy or snippy with people, whether it’s a coworker, a spouse, child, or even the individual ringing up our order at the local supermarket.
If it seems as though your temper is shorter lately, it’s probably a direct result of emotional fatigue that is leading to extreme stress, pressure, and anxiety.
Sign of Emotional Fatigue #2: Physical exhaustion.
Have you ever reached the end of the day and just want to collapse onto your bed? What if that happens even though you are not physically on the go every minute? If you are not sleeping well at night, if you are not getting at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night, eventually you will hit a point of exhaustion.
This physical exhaustion can also be the result of emotional wear and tear. Emotional turmoil can be exhibited physically.
Sign of Emotional Fatigue #3: Not caring in the morning.
If you stop caring about whether or not you get out of bed, if you eat a good, healthy breakfast, or what the day is going to hold for you, and that is not normal for you, that’s a pretty good and clear sign that you are emotionally worn out.
Sign of Emotional Fatigue #4: Avoiding responsibilities.
When you begin avoiding certain responsibilities, including stopping by this elderly or disabled loved one’s house because you simply can’t take it at the moment, you need to step back and realize this emotional fatigue is going to start having a serious problem, not just for you, but that individual who relies on you.
You can consider home care support for just a couple of hours at a time to help you regain your balance and feel better emotionally.
If you are considering hiring home care to reduce caregiver stress in Mansfield, Ohio, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161. Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
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