Everyone experiences stress in life and if you’re a caregiver, you’re likely dealing with more than the average person is in terms of stress. But you can also quickly become over-stressed, and that’s a bad thing.
Your Irritability Is a Real Problem
Emotions and feelings can be a big clue for you about how you’re doing. If you’re noticing that you’re starting to be more irritable more often, that can mean that you’re stressed and overwhelmed. Your brain is letting you know that it’s having a tough time keeping up.
Your Energy Levels Always Feel Low
Pay attention to how your energy levels are doing, too. If you’re constantly feeling as if the smallest tasks are taking a lot out of you, that might be an indication that your energy levels are pretty low. That might in turn mean that you’re spending a bit too much of your energy trying to deal with stress levels.
You’re Getting Sick More Often
As your energy levels dip, you’re also more likely to suffer from a depleted immune system. Plenty of rest helps your body to keep those defenses humming right along, so when there’s not a lot of quality rest and your energy is suffering, the immune system is part of what takes that hit. You might find that you’re constantly feeling run down and just not well.
You Haven’t Done Anything Just for You
When did you last do something just for you? As a caregiver you do a lot for the other people in your life, and that’s admirable. But you’re important, too, and if you’re not doing some things just for you that can be a sign that you’re a little too stressed. Start thinking about what you can do that is just for you.
It’s Impossible to Just Relax
Think about what happens when you do have a few minutes to yourself just to relax. If you’re not able to enjoy that time because you feel too tense or you’re worried about when the other shoe is going to drop, that’s a bad sign. It means that stress has you too much on the edge.
These types of signs let you know that it’s time for you to put a plan into action. You need to look at what is creating the biggest stress for you and determine how to manage it. As a caregiver, you can’t just ignore your stress and hope it goes away.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Princeton Junction, 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.