Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Is My Stress Normal?

Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Is My Stress Normal?

Tuesday Tips for Caregivers - Is My Stress Normal?

Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Is My Stress Normal?

It’s normal for you to have many different feelings about your role as a caregiver. At times, you may feel scared, sad, lonely, or unappreciated. You may feel angry and frustrated. You may feel guilty or feel that life isn’t fair. All of these feelings are normal.

It’s not normal for these feelings to last for a long time or to disrupt your life. Take a look at these signs below to see if any apply to you:

Signs of stress overload:

  • Anxiety
  • Excessive anger toward the person you care for, your family, or yourself
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Health problems (such as heartburn, headaches, or catching a series of colds or flu)
  • Irritability
  • Sleep problems (sleeping too much or not enough)
  • Social withdrawal

Signs of depression:

  • Change in appetite; unintended weight loss or gain
  • Crying easily or for no reason
  • Feeling sad, hopeless, or helpless
  • Feeling slowed down or feeling restless and irritable
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Headaches, backaches, or digestive problems
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • No interest or pleasure in things you used to enjoy
  • Sleep problems (sleeping too much or not enough)
  • Thoughts about death or suicide
  • Trouble recalling things, concentrating or making decisions

To contact ElderCare at Home

If you are feeling any of the symptoms described above you should immediately reach out to your primary care physician and know that ElderCare at Home is here to help as well. Feel free to call us at (888) 285-0093.