Life is challenging. Just about everywhere you turn is another challenge. It could be a teenager who is rebelling and fighting for independence. It could be a financial stress, like losing a job and suddenly finding yourself falling behind on your mortgage or rent payments. It could be health issues in the family. There are so many circumstances that can cause stress that your own health will be impacted by it. This can include when you decide to take care of an aging or disabled family member.
Whether you spend weeks, months, or years as a caregiver, you will undergo a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. Just because you have a close personal relationship with this individual doesn’t mean you will be immune to stress.
When you are no longer needed, does that mean the stress ends?
Perhaps you are taking care of an elderly grandparents. He or she passed away. The years spent taking care of him or her caused a tremendous amount of stress in your life, affecting your career, relationships, and health. Now that you are no longer required to stop by and support this individual day after day, it could, initially, feel like a breath of fresh air.
Yet, within a matter of days you could still struggle.
Whether this person who relied on you is no longer around or is back to being able to care for themselves, you might have a difficult time returning to life as normal. Your routine has changed. The longer you were taking care of this person, the more it impacted your life, even if you didn’t notice it at the time.
It’s time to talk about your feelings.
Not everyone has an easy time discussing their emotions, their feelings, their stresses or anxieties. Some actually struggle with these components of life. However, right now is the ideal time to sit down and talk with others, family, friends, or even a support group about what you’re dealing with right now.
Stress isn’t just going to slip away because you are no longer needed as a caregiver. You might have trouble sleeping at night. If this person is still around, you might worry about them, even though they are fully capable of taking care of themselves now and moving forward. You might miss the conversations, the interactions, and the sense of being needed.
All of those things can cause extra stress, even if we don’t realize it at the moment. When the caregiving is over, getting back into life, pursuing hobbies, exercising, and spending more quality time with friends and loved ones is an important part of the process. For those who continue to struggle, reaching out to other caregivers who have gone through the same things can be a great way to get back into life.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN SUMMERLIN, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY 702-800-4616.
Christy has a M.A. degree in Psychology and has worked helping families for over 25 years. She has worked in various settings including social service agencies, nursing homes and schools. Christy's ultimate professional goal is to use her talents and experience to make a difference in the lives of others.
Several years ago Christy's dad started showing signs of Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Her family was faced with emotionally challenging decisions and she realized how difficult this situation can be for families. Christy wanted to use her personal experience to support others who are in the process of taking care of their elderly loved ones.
Christy has developed an exceptional support program for those providing care for elderly family members. Educational information and emotional support is available to help families cope with the stress and physical demands of caring for senior loved ones. It is Christy's philosophy that each stage of life is precious and individuals of all ages need to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity.
Christy seeks out Golden Heart team members who demonstrate a nurturing, respectful and professional demeanor.Christy truly appreciates the caregivers who work for Golden Heart and provides them with exceptional educational, emotional and professional support.
Christy is honored to be supporting the families of the Las Vegas valley.
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