From The NxGen Family Office
Caregivers provide care for someone with an injury, illness or disability, including helping with activities of daily living.
Caregiver stress can lead to health problems, including depression, anxiety, obesity and serious chronic diseases, so it's important to focus on yourself as well as your loved one.
What Is the Role of a Caregiver?
In many cases, caregivers are on call 24 hours a day, which leaves little to no time for themselves. It is important to be on the lookout for signs of caregiver stress, and to address it right away.
Avoid Burnout: Recognize the Signs of Caregiver Stress
There's no one way to experience caregiver stress, but it can be characterized by waves of emotions, negative emotions, loss of control, poor treatment of the loved one, problems sleeping, and loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy.
Stress comes from not having enough time to yourself, so take care of yourself so you can provide the care your loved one needs.
Taking Care of Your Physical Health
Family caregivers spend over 24 hours a week providing care, which may lead to frequent fast-food trips, skipped workouts and less sleep.
Taking care of your physical health as a caregiver includes eating healthy, staying active, getting enough sleep, going outside every day for at least 10 minutes, and making time for the things you enjoy.
Taking Care of Your Mental Health
Caregivers often prioritize their loved ones, which can leave less time to do the things they enjoy. There are ways to lessen the negative effects of caregiving.
Finding time for yourself is important, as well as asking for help from family, friends and neighbors, managing stressful moments and getting support from others. Set boundaries and say no to non-essential demands on your time.
Find Ways to Help Your Loved One and Yourself
If you're feeling particularly overwhelmed, ask another family member or friend to help out every so often, and consider taking a break from your job to care for your relative.
Caregiver stress can lead to physical and mental exhaustion. By noticing the signs, you can stay healthy and happy.
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