Every year, there are millions of Americans who bravely accept the responsibility to become an unpaid caregiver for their loved ones. These heroes selflessly step up to do what is right for others, yet the stress of caregiving often leads to a decline in their own health. Research shows that caregivers are less likely to address their own problems, while generously caring for others.
Despite the rewards of caring for someone you love, caregiving can take a significant emotional, physical, and financial toll on the caregiver.
Signs of Caregiver Stress
Caregiver stress can reveal itself in numerous ways as a result of overextending yourself for the sake of those you love. Some symptoms that your stress may be overwhelming you include:
- Feeling alone and isolated
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Gaining or losing weight
- Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
- Abusing alcohol or drugs
- Feeling worried or sad often
- Having frequent headaches or body aches
How to Manage Caregiver Stress
Though stress can sometimes seem overpowering, there are a myriad of ways to alleviate caregiver stress.
Ask for and accept help: Find ways for others to help you and let these helpers choose what they would like to do.
Take breaks and spend time on yourself: Stay in touch with your friends and family. Continue to pursue your own personal hobbies and interests.
Join a support group for caregivers: Speaking with other caregivers gives you a chance to exchange stories, tips, and ideas, and it allows you to make connections with people who empathize with and understand your worries.
Prioritize your health: Be physically active and consume healthy foods. Schedule regular appointments with your doctor.
Learn ways to better assist your loved one: Ask your doctor about classes on how to care for someone with an injury or illness or contact your local Area Agency on Aging
Contact Pallatus Health
Being a caregiver is a courageous undertaking, yet at times, the workload may be too much to handle. Though it is not easy, remember there are always ways to seek help as a caregiver.
At Pallatus Health, we are more than happy to assist you in the best ways to care for your loved ones. Remember that you are not alone in this process. Please contact us at (818) 456-1877 or schedule an appointment here.