Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – How Do I Know if I Am Stressed?
Waking mom up for her breakfast as though roles are reversed, getting us off to doctors’ appointments, and scheduling visits for companion care. This all becomes a part of our normal, sometimes hectic, routine, but when do we know if we are doing too much? Studies show that stress can lead to increased blood pressure, lowering our immune system and even increasing our risk for heart attacks and strokes.
If you have trouble understanding if you are over working yourself, adhere to the following signs and symptoms of stress.
- DENIAL – If you are maintaining the belief that “It is just a normal day”, when in fact, you are skipping meals, your own personal doctor appointments, or activities that you once loved; you are the clear example of the first sign of stress, denial!
- ANXIETY – Up awake in the wee hours of the morning? Not hungry during the day? Constantly worrying about the future? These are all signs of anxiety which is also a big sign of stress.
- DEPRESSION – You feel hopeless. No one can help you, nothing will ever be better, and you can’t stand to see another day. If you find yourself not allowing anyone to help and letting go of your once “fun” activities, you may be depressed and obviously stressed.
- ANGER – An easy test is to ask yourself if you can feel yourself about to blow over simple mistakes or feel angry at inappropriate times.
- HEALTH CHANGES – Exhaustion, illness, or sleep problems are all examples of changing health problems due to stress.
How to reach out
If your or a loved one are experiencing any of these signs above, consider reaching out to the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center for a Coaching for Caregivers session. We are also one phone call away! Contact us at (888) 285-0093.