Communicating Properly While Stressed Is Crucial

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As a caregiver you’re going to experience a lot of stress. You’re also going to be expected to maintain communications with all sorts of people while dealing with that stress. This is going to make for some interesting conversations. If you’re not careful, those conversations can become arguments quickly. How you handle them is important.

Caregiver Monroeville PA - Communicating Properly While Stressed Is Crucial

Caregiver Monroeville PA – Communicating Properly While Stressed Is Crucial

Stick to What You’re Talking about Right Now

If you’re letting the conversation bounce around to other topics, you’ll be there all day. Epic arguments are made and lost based on how many different topics you choose to cover. Stick to what you’re talking about right now, and only to that topic. If someone wants to discuss something else, you can agree to do so at a different time and when everyone is in a better space.

Listen More than You Talk

You might think it’s more important to have your say, especially if you’re convinced you’re the one who is right. But if you listen more than you talk, you might just find that there’s more going on than you realize. Sometimes people just want to feel heard and that alone can be enough to de-escalate the argument back to a simple conversation.

Reframe Some of What You’re Saying

When you’re tired, stressed, and having a conversation you don’t want to have, you might find that you start to use words like “always” and “never.” Or you might use accusatory tones to try to get your point across. While that might make you feel better right there in the moment, it’s not going to do you much good in the long run. Reframe some of what you’re planning to say so that it isn’t as incendiary.

Find a Compromise or Take a Break

At some point you’re going to need to either come to some sort of compromise or take a break from the conversation. You can’t keep hammering away at a topic with no end in sight. That doesn’t do you or the other person any good. This doesn’t have to be about putting a winning check mark in your column. If neither of you are getting anywhere, table the discussion until you’re both in a better place.

When you’re under a great deal of stress, even simple conversations can become massive undertakings. If you’re not careful, something that could have been handled easily can escalate out of control. The last thing that you want to do as a caregiver is to create strife where none has to exist.

If you or a loved one are considering Caregiver Services in Monroeville PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
About the author: Laura Partridge
Laura Partridge, the Business Development Manager for Star Multi Care Services has been with the company since 2002. Prior to her current role, she had served as the Administrator of the Pittsburgh branch for 10 years, as well as holding positions within health systems in New York and Pennsylvania as a Nursing Home Administrator and Regional Director of Operations of Independent and Assisted Living facilities. Laura has earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Canisius College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Laura has sat on three Professional Advisory Committees throughout the community, has been on the Board of Directors for a non-profit nursing home, and currently acts as an Advisory Board Member for both the Alliance for Community Respite Care and Gateway Health Plan. She is also an active committee member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on Aging, Twilight Wish Foundation and North Allegheny baseball, softball and lacrosse Boosters. Community Engagement and Education has been her passion and she enjoys teaching opportunities for the American Red Cross and a local community college as well as collaborative grant writing with various healthcare and education partners. Raising four active children with her husband Brian, she seems to spend more free time on fields and courts than she does at home. Although they live in Pittsburgh, you will never see a Steelers logo in their home. Instead, the Bills, Sabres and some Pirates gear are more often visible. “My empathy is always for the underdog. They usually work harder than everyone else.”. –Laura Partridge Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele