If you’re not able to know quickly as a caregiver when you’re at the end of your stress rope, you need to take some time to learn more about your own stress scale. Here is the information you need to figure out what it looks like when you’re too stressed.
Stress Impacts You Gradually
It sure seems like stress gives you that whammy right away, but it’s not completely accurate. Stress actually sneaks up on you over time. Each little incident builds on the ones before it until you’re finally really, really stressed. It’s kind of like putting a lobster in a pot. You don’t use boiling water at first, the water is usually just fine.
You’re Okay, Until You Aren’t
Because the effects of stress are so gradual, you probably think you’re fine. In fact, that’s likely what you tell everyone when they ask how you’re doing. You’re plodding away, keeping up with whatever you can keep up with, and you might occasionally feel overwhelmed. Until that moment when everything is overwhelming all the time.
Find a Way to Assess Your Stress Level
It’s really important for you to find a way for you to assess your own stress level. You can look for stress assessments on the Internet, but there are easier ways to do it. Take a piece of paper and write down how you feel when you know you’re stressed. You might get headaches or stomach pain. You might experience shortness of breath. Whatever it is, write down how you know you’re stressed.
Check in with Yourself Regularly
Now that you know what stress looks like for you personally, you need to check in with yourself regularly. Compare how you’re feeling to what you wrote down about feeling stressed out. You’re going to start learning about the earlier cues that you’re stressed, which is a great thing. You can start doing more about your stress levels even earlier when you have that information. Eventually you’ll be able to know very quickly exactly where you fall on your own personal stress scale and you can do something about it.
Stress does a lot of damage to your body and to your psyche. If you’re paying attention to your stress levels, you can do something about it before you’re too overwhelmed to function at all. Take the steps you need to take to keep yourself healthy as a caregiver.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Lawrenceville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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