The best thing to do when you’re feeling stressed is to have a plan and to start following it. If you don’t have a plan for managing caregiver stress yet, it’s time to form one.
Pay Attention to Your Signs of Stress
Every caregiver has her own signs and signals that indicate that stress is getting out of hand. If you haven’t ever really paid attention to this before, it’s time for you to start cataloging your own stress signs. You might find yourself more irritable when you’re stressed or realize that you don’t sleep well. Other signs could include not eating right, forgetting more tasks and information, or just feeling overwhelmed.
Figure out What Specifically Is Causing the Stress
When you notice that you’re feeling stressed, stop and figure out what exactly is contributing to the stress. It could be that you’re literally overwhelmed with way too much for one person to do. Or it could be that you have to argue with other people about the care that your senior needs. Whatever the cause, the very first step is to identify the cause so you can address it.
Resolve What You Can Resolve
Look at the situation and be reasonable about what it is that you can change or resolve and what is out of your control. It’s not always easy to admit that something that is bothering us or causing discomfort is something that can’t be changed. But once you admit that it’s a situation you can’t control, you can work on letting go. Holding onto that stress and angst when you can’t change the situation just keeps you wound up.
Find Ways to Burn Off Stress in Between Crises
When things are calm and you’re not feeling stressed, you need to engage in stress-relieving activities. Take a walk or learn to meditate. Whatever it is that you find that helps you to reduce stress in between these bigger crises is going to help you keep your daily stress level a little lower. So call up a friend you haven’t seen in a while and make a date to catch up.
The more in tune with yourself and your stress levels you are the better you’ll be able to fix stress-related issues before they get out of hand. If you’re not paying attention to how you’re feeling, you’re not going to be able to be the family caregiver that you want to be.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services near Ephrata PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller. Mary Lynne is a Google Verified Author