Being the primary caregiver for sick or elderly loved ones can take a toll on you. If you are so focused on providing care, you may not be aware that you are neglecting your own needs. As a result, that can lead to caregiver stress.
Signs of Caregiver Stress
This happens when you take on too many responsibilities or are unable to deal with the demands of being a caregiver. If you see any of the following signs, then that means it is time you considered other means of providing care. Do some research on caregiving education and resources so you can fully explore your options.
- You are overwhelmed. When you are tired and exhausted, with too many things on your plate, you can easily get overwhelmed. That is not going to help you or your loved one.
- You are always tired. That could be the result of the physical, mental, and emotional drain that comes from caring for a loved one who is sick or watching someone you love undergo conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. That can be unbearably difficult to watch.
- You have lost/gained weight. If you are gaining too much weight or losing a lot, that could be an indication that you are not looking after your health.
- You are easily irritated. That is a normal reaction when you are always tired and already exhausted to the bone.
- You are not getting much sleep. Caring for a sick loved one might entail staying awake for several nights in a row. If you are not catching up on enough sleep, that is going to result in lower energy levels, which makes your job as a caregiver more difficult.
There are plenty of reasons for caregiver burnout or stress. For instance, you may have a hard time separating your role as a caregiver from your role as a partner, child or friend. Lack of money and skills on how to effectively plan and deal with the situation can also lead to stress and burnout.
It is important to recognize the signs of caregiver burnout. Knowing that will help you seek out the help you need. With plenty of options out there, you can look for other ways to provide care for your loved one. In the event that you can no longer be the main caregiver, you will not find it hard to look for the right care and housing options. FSL’s Care by Design program provides exceptional consultative services for those with a variety of needs. Contact FSL today by calling 602-285-1800.