Senior Care Stress in Charlotte, NC – If You Spot These Red Flags, Try These Strategies for Reducing Stress
Being the carer for an elderly family member can have a spectrum of different effects on you. Everything from fulfillment and satisfaction to fatigue and depression. The effects you feel are greatly dependent on who you are just as much – or more – than who the person is you’re caring for. For example, some people express their caring impulses in different ways than others do. Everyone has a contribution to make but that doesn’t mean everyone’s contributions are equal or that one is better than another. One carer may be able to show compassion naturally and another may have to work harder at it.
Red Flags of Caregiver Burnout
If you find yourself feeling any of the following, you may be overloaded with caregiver stress. These are the red flags or warning signs that tell you it is time to do something to relieve your senior care stress.
- Your temper is short and you blow up at people without any real cause
- Little things bother you a lot and you can’t seem to let them go
- You burn with lingering impatience or resentment
- You are feeling sad or depressed most of the time and it’s affecting every area of your life. You can’t seem to shrug it off.
- Your job is suffering
- Your family feels you are neglecting them
Overcoming Caregiving Stress
- Listen to your own signals and to messages sent to you by friends and family members. They may all be adding up to one thing: you are stressed
- Once you know you are in a high stress state, it’s easier to make a plan of how to relieve the stress. Often your solution needs to incorporate taking a break, physical exercise, and social activity
- Make sure you are always blocking off time for your own self-care. You can’t just ‘fit it in when you have time’ because it will never get done. It needs to be one of the top things on your priority list
- You need to engage in a variety of activities completely apart from caregiving. They shouldn’t be related at all. For example, going to a movie with friends, taking your child out for lunch, doing yoga 3 times a week, and so on. Combining an activity with caregiving doesn’t count. For example, it doesn’t count if you take your senior loved one along with you to those activities.
- Guilt is not a helpful emotion. Guilt has no place in your schedule when you’re taking time for yourself to ease your caregiver stress.
- These strategies may help you keep stress at bay while being able to remain caregiving for your loved one.
- Hire a home care service to take care of your loved one a few days a week
- Decide ahead of time how much you are able to do for your loved one and what you are willing to commit to; remember you aren’t superhuman.
- Treat yourself to a night out once a week.
If you or your loved one could benefit from the help of home care in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas, contact the caregivers at Golden Heart Senior Care. Experience the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you’re in Caring Hands with Golden Heart! Call (704) 246-5806 for more information.
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