How much stress are you feeling right now as a family caregiver? If you don’t really know, if you brush it off as being no big deal, you could be fooling yourself. The vast majority of people looking after an elderly or disabled adult loved one endure stress on a regular basis.
At the same time, though, they are either oblivious or ignorant of this stress.
They go about their lives and do what they need to do to get through each day. They may wake up earlier and earlier each day, go to sleep later and later, and that lack of adequate sleep is also going to exacerbate the stress and challenges they feel in life.
By addressing stress, by acknowledging that it exists and a person is dealing with it, it leads toward the prospect of confronting it and helping to reduce it in life.
Let’s look at a few things in your own life to determine stress.
Do you find yourself feeling rushed? Most of the time family caregivers have a lot of other things going on in their life. They may work a full-time job, they might be raising children of their own, they may have community work they do, hobbies, exercise, and errands to run constantly. If you feel as though you are rushing every moment of the day, guess what? You are feeling incredible stress.
Are you getting frustrated more easily? Are little things starting to get under your skin? Do you find yourself arguing more frequently, either with a spouse, a brother or sister, this person who relies on you for help, your boss, the checkout clerk at your local supermarket, or anyone else? Are even the littlest things that seem to go wrong becoming major problems?
If they are, it’s most likely the result of stress that has been building over and over.
What about sleep? Are you really getting enough sleep? Are you feeling tired, drained, and run down? Are you getting sick more frequently and is this unusual for you, especially at this point in your life?
Have you given up exercise or other things that are important to you? Have you been unable to spend quality time with friends lately?
If you begin answering yes to even just a few of these questions, it’s a pretty good sign that stress is starting to take control of your life. It’s also a good sign you need to think things through carefully because home care is a far better option that cannot just help this senior in your life, but also supplement some of the care you offer, thus giving you time to focus on other important aspects in your life.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care to reduce caregiver stress in Plainview, NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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