When you take the time to listen, your body can tell you a lot about what you need and when you need it. Some of the odd symptoms you’re experiencing might be the clue you need to realize that you need to take an afternoon or longer away from caregiving.
Your Energy Levels Are Lower than Usual and Sinking Fast
If you’re like most people, you know generally what your energy levels look and feel like. You know what you’re able to get done during the course of a day and you know how tired you usually are at the end of the day. But when your energy levels are a lot lower than you normally experience, that’s a signal that your body is putting more resources into your normal day than it usually does. You’re starting to get run down.
You’re Not Sleeping Well or You’re Sleeping Too Much
When you’re pushing yourself too hard, your body might need a little extra sleep to help you get done whatever you need to do. The other problem you might start to notice is that you’re sleeping more than usual and you’re still tired. This could happen when you’re actually sleeping too much. Regardless, anything that’s different from your normal sleep patterns is something you should pay attention to.
Your Appetite Is Experiencing Changes
As you’re expecting so much out of yourself, you’re likely to experience a change in your appetite. You might find that you’re eating way more than you usually do or that you’re relying on foods that don’t really have a lot of nutritional value to them. On the other hand, some people respond to stress and to overly busy times by losing their appetites. If you’re not sure which is happening with you, start tracking your meals and look at your eating patterns.
You’re Suddenly Catching Every Bug Going Around
You might also find that you’re suddenly starting to catch every little bug that goes around. For your senior, this could be disastrous since you could bring those bugs home to her. For you, it could mean that you’re under the weather for days at a time, which makes it really difficult for you to be effective as a caregiver. Taking a break allows you to recuperate.
Having someone that you can rely on to take over for you is paramount to getting the rest you need. That’s why hiring caregivers are important people to have in your life even if your other family members are pitching in some, too.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services near Manheim 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