As a caregiver, stress is a part of life. You can’t escape it. This is true whether a person is a professional caregiver working for an agency and numerous clients or a family member looking after an aging parent, disabled adult child, a spouse, or someone else they care about.
Stress is often considered a natural part of life. We can’t really escape it, can we? It could be financial stress, work-related stress, stress of relationships, health, and the list can go on and on. When dealing with caregiver stress, how you cope with it and deal with it head on can have a significant impact on the rest of your life.
Anxiety makes things more challenging.
Prolonged stress will usually lead to some level of anxiety. Anxiety can present itself in many different ways for a variety of people. For some, it can feel like tightness in their chest. For others they may have difficulty sleeping or staying asleep throughout the night. Many people, when dealing with tremendous levels of anxiety, have a tough time clearing their mind and being able to relax.
When anxiety is allowed to go on for an extended period of time, it can lead to serious health issues, including an increased risk of a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, and other major medical emergencies.
It’s important to acknowledge the need for assistance.
As a family caregiver, when you are under a tremendous amount of stress, you need to acknowledge that. Not only do you need to acknowledge it to yourself, you also need to talk about it with your loved ones, your family, your friends, and others who can help you find the best solution going forward.
One of the best things anyone can do is talk about home care support.
This doesn’t mean you have to stop taking care of this loved one, but when you book through an agency you can hire somebody for just two hours at a time. That can be exactly what you need to clear your thoughts, feel more comfortable, and focus on other ways to stay healthy.
Don’t forget to exercise.
In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we often forget the value of true, solid, cardiovascular exercise. If you can get your heart rate elevated for at least 15 minutes every day, it’s going to be beneficial. Not only does it help to release endorphins in the brain, which improve your emotional state of mind, it also increases oxygen flow and naturally helps to reduce stress.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Plainview, NY, please contact the caring staff at Family First Home Companions. Serving all of Long Island. Call today: (631) 319-3961
Jennifer has specialized training in Alzheimer's disease through the Long Island Alzheimer's Association and the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation. She also volunteered her time with the Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center of Long Island for 3 years by providing congnitive stimulations to an Alzheimer's patient group.
Jennifer educates the community about elder care and speaks to caregiver support groups, senior centers, and at professional organizations. Topics include home safety, effective strategies for family caregiving, elder care planning, and awareness about elder abuse.
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