If you’re providing care to an aging parent or loved one, you know the dedication and physical dexterity the job requires, but you may not be aware of the subtle toll on your own health and wellbeing. Obvious symptoms of being stressed as a caregiver include fatigue, isolation, stress, and lack of free time, but other signs are more subtle and disturbing. Home Care Assistance of Fort Myers, FL shares a few signs of caregiver stress that you may not have even noticed:
1. Trouble Sleeping
You probably have less time to rest these days, but do you have trouble falling asleep even when you get a chance? Do you feel tired when you wake up? The lack of sleep leads to fatigue, but it also has far-reaching effects on emotional and physical health. Chances are you’re more vulnerable to illnesses and depression, as well.
2. Lack of Interest in Favorite Activities
Granted, you’ve been too busy for many of your old pastimes, but have you lost interest in the things you used to enjoy? Do the things you looked forward to now seem like they’re more trouble than they’re worth? Did you stop spending time with friends because you didn’t have time, and now you’ve lost touch with them? Do you feel isolated or overwhelmed? These feelings affect your emotional and physical health.
3. Sudden Mood Swings
Do you get frustrated or angry sometimes? If you’re like most caregivers, you were thrown into your new role without much time for preparation or education. It’s only natural to have feelings of guilt or resentment. The important thing is to find a good listener or support group where you can share your feelings safely and openly.
Although you’re shouldering most of the responsibility for caring for your loved one, it’s equally important to recognize your limits and let other people help you. It’s easy to lose perspective when you have unrealistic expectations of what you or anyone else can do.
If you’re interested in learning more about your options for support, call (239) 449-4701 and request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a compassionate Care Manager from Home Care Assistance and learn more about hourly and live-in care in Fort Myers. We are here to help 24/7.