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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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