Feeling overwhelmed is a big sign that you’re experiencing caregiver stress. But what does it look like when you’re experiencing overwhelm? Sometimes it looks a little different than it usually does.
You’re Feeling Angry More than Usual
Anger is an emotion that you’re definitely going to experience as a caregiver, but you might feel bad about it right afterward. Anger is a normal emotion and it really means that there are aspects of the situation you need to pay closer attention to. You may be frustrated or helpless and this can often translate to anger. You may also feel angry about having to care for your senior. Regardless of the type of anger, it’s okay as long as you’re not taking this feeling out on the people around you.
Sleep Doesn’t Keep You from Feeling Exhausted
Sleep may be something that is difficult for you to come by as a caregiver. But when you do sleep, you should wake up feeling rested, right? If you’re feeling exhausted still even after plenty of sleep, you might be more stressed than you realize. It might be time to evaluate what is working and what isn’t in your situation so you can make adjustments.
You Don’t Want to Be Around Anyone
Caregiving can be so all-consuming that you might find there are times you don’t want to be around anyone else. You might also feel anxious when you’re away from your senior, which causes you to limit the time that you take anywhere else. Withdrawing from other people isn’t good for you, though, and it can create bigger problems for you down the road.
You’re Having Trouble Concentrating
Stress creates difficulties for you, one of which can be a difficulty in concentrating on the aspects of your life that need your attention. When you encounter a problem, you might find that it’s difficult to think through the right solution. This can be incredibly difficult and can contribute to making you feel as if there’s something wrong with you.
You’re Choosing Vices More Often
Humans choose a variety of coping mechanisms and one of those is leaning on vices. Some people prefer to drink alcoholic beverages while other people get comfort from eating junk food more often. Whatever it is that you’re leaning on, if you’re doing so more often that might be an indication of a problem.
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed when you’re a caregiver. But if you don’t take steps to deal with how you’re feeling, that’s going to get you into trouble. Learn your personal signs of stress and overwhelm so that you can stop those feelings in their tracks.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Lakewood, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
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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