Stress is one of those things that generally sneaks up on us. You are a family caregiver, if you have been supporting your mother, father, spouse, or even a sibling because they are struggling with their own basic care as they get older or face a health emergency, you may very well be dealing with a lot of stress.
You just might not realize it at first.
With so many things on your mind, with so many things going on throughout the day, it’s not easy to recognize caregiver stress as it is beginning to take hold of you. It doesn’t matter whether you are working a full-time job already, raising children of your own, working several part-time jobs, or have other responsibilities or things you do throughout the day.
The more time you spend devoted to somebody else, the less time you have for yourself.
When people have less time for themselves, it usually increases stress levels. At first, it may not feel very stressful because you believe this is your responsibility. If you even consider the prospect of stopping, telling this individual you can no longer do this and they should consider other options, such as a home care aide, you feel guilty.
However, most family caregivers eventually provide more support every day than they initially intended.
What this means is these caregivers start devoting more and more of their time, more and more of their life, to this individual. An hour or two at first suddenly becomes four or five. Eventually, you may have given up exercising, eating healthy, spending time with friends, spending quality time with your spouse, over time at work, and so on.
You will also likely feel stressed because you can’t get everything done in your own life.
That’s one of the most frustrating and stressful things people contend with; not having enough time to do the things that are still important to them. If you have discovered your spending more time, devoting more hours to helping this aging mother or father, think about the stress in your life.
You may not feel the stress as acutely right now as you will, but the earlier you get ahead of it, the better it’s going to be for you and that person who is dependent on you. If you wait, the stress is only going to get tougher and it’s going to create more anxiety and possibly even relationship issues for you, not to mention health problems down the road. Remember, home care is just a phone call away.
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