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Caregiver Stress – How to Beat It?

Senior Care Stress in Charlotte, NC – Tips for Managing and Overcoming Stress for Caregivers

In order to manage senior care stress, you need to know what it is and what to do about it. When you are caregiving for an elderly person or someone with a chronic illness the stress can build up until it reaches a point called caregiver burnout.

Stress is an indication that your emotional capacity has reached its limit. Stress is a natural thing and it’s designed to give us a signal that we need to do something different. Stress keeps us alert of what’s going on around us and it can also act as a signal to be ready to escape danger, for example in the case of a tiger chasing you.

We can’t always avoid stress. As a result it may build up and make us feel overwhelmed and not able to cope very effectively. When stress levels are high and nothing is being done to alleviate them, the body’s immune system can become weakened. This is how caregivers can get sick. Don’t let this happen to you! Knowing how to gain control over your stress, how it affects you and thus bring it down to lower, manageable levels is what this article is all about.

How does stress affect you?

When you know the answer to this question, you can make a pretty accurate assessment of how much stress you’re experiencing. Some people get tired when they’re too stressed; others feel like they’re hyperactive under stress. You may lose your appetite or you may eat constantly for no reason. Any way you look at it, stress puts disorder in your life. Identify how stress affects you individually.

How to gain control over your stress

There are a number of things you can do to be in better control of your stress levels. Try some of the following:

  1. Identify the sources of stress. Some of them you can change and some you can’t. For the ones you can change, write down some options. For the ones you can’t change, write down some ideas of how you could look at the circumstances in a more positive way so they don’t generate so much stress.
  2. Re-organize your schedule so you have more time to yourself. You need some relaxation time. Get your relatives to share some of the caregiving responsibilities. Call a home care agency and arrange for some help from a professional caregiver.
  3. Make sure you are exercising regularly. Physical activity is one of the best stress-busters there are. Try walking, cycling, swimming, yoga, aerobics, weightlifting or any other classes that sound appealing. You can even combine it with some socializing by inviting a friend to go with you.
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Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith, Founder and Co-Owner of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte is hands on with every detail of Golden Heart’s business. Natalie emigrated to the United States from Ukraine. Coming to this country, she did not know a word of English and her and her mother had virtually nothing. Through hard-work and determination as well as through the assistance of social organizations, Natalie learned English, educated herself and grew to be a business owner. It was while working as a caregiver and putting herself through school that Natalie came to love working for, and with, seniors. It was this passion for taking care of others (as well as her past experience where she herself was on the receiving end of help) that led Natalie to always want to open her own home care agency. She takes a tremendous amount of pride in providing quality care to the clients of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. As such, she uses her corporate experience in management to oversee the selection and hiring of caregivers for Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. In addition, Natalie continuously engages with clients to ensure they are more than satisfied with the care they receive and constantly looks for ways to improve herself and her company.

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