Caregiver stress is becoming a bigger and bigger part of our lives as our population ages. Health professionals are trained in how to provide care, but more often than not, responsibility for caring for an aging parent , sibling or child with mental or physical issues falls to a family member.
Caregiving has many rewards and for many is a core value in their lives. However, individuals are not trained in caregiving, and they have many kinds of demands, in addition to those of health, put upon them. Couple that with the daily ins and outs of their own life, and it’s easy to see how the stress can multiply in a hurry.
Many factors increase the health risk for the caregivers themselves:
- Social isolation
- Conflicting emotions – frustration, guilt, anger, stress, sadness
- Financial difficulties
- Lack of coping and problem solving skills
- Exhaustion and lack of sleep
- Distracting with alcohol or drugs
- Weight gain or loss
- Lack of physical activity and pleasurable events
How stressed are you?
to see if it’s time to come in for a consultation.
Call today at 952-934-1315