4 Big Signs of Caregiver Stress

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Caregiver Memphis TN

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Caregiver stress is a condition that every family caregiver should be aware of and alert about facing. Caregiving causes you to spend more time and energy caring for someone else than you are likely to spend caring for yourself and that can place strain on your body, your mind, and your emotions.

Here are some of the big signs to watch for.

  1. Irritability or Anger
    If you find yourself constantly irritated by situations that are out of your control or angry at something that is typically a mild inconvenience, you may need to take a step back. Caregiving is demanding work, but you should still be able to find more positive experiences than negative ones. You might also find yourself snapping at loved ones when you feel interrupted or over something small.
  2. Loneliness
    Being a caregiver is not only difficult work, it can also be lonely work. You may have to work harder at keeping in touch with friends and family than you did before you started caring for your loved one, but it’s worth it. If instead you find that you’re feeling lonely more and more often, you need to look at your social interactions. You may have started isolating yourself unconsciously and that can lead to greater stress.
  3. Exhaustion
    If you’re feeling tired at the end of the day, that’s probably pretty normal. You’re juggling a lot of different tasks and keeping a lot of things rolling smoothly. If, however, you find that you’re absolutely exhausted at the end of every day, that might be the sign of a bigger problem. When you do get a little bit of extra sleep, are you still extremely tired? You may need a longer break.
  4. Depression and Anxiety
    Anxiety and depression are unfortunately very common problems for family caregivers to face. If you’re feeling sad, anxious, and worried constantly, you may want to talk to your doctor to determine if you need additional help. You may also find it beneficial to talk to a therapist or a counselor regularly. The bottom line is that you need to make sure that you’re taking care of your own emotional health.

If you’re seeing these signs in yourself, work with your loved one’s senior care providers, doctors, and your friends and family to set up a system of respite care so that you can recover.

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About Walter Black

Born and raised in Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS in Industrial Engineering, and from Angelo State University’s School of Business with his MBA. Walter has worked in the senior market for nearly 15 years and has obtained the distinguish honor of Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, an organization committed to providing ongoing and meaningful support to Seniors addressing their health, financial, and social issues. Walter has spent the last five years building PCS MidSouth into a premier Home Care Agency. With three locations in the MidSouth providing services to clients in three states: Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. The company is poise for growth and is expecting to expand its territory in the MidSouth.
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