Daily stress is a common problem for many people. Those providing care for someone are no exception and will likely deal with additional stressors. Caregiving often takes a great deal of time, effort, and work, which can leave you feeling overwhelmed, angry, frustrated, and burnt-out.
As a caregiver, your stress can be influenced by various factors and situations:
If you’ve agreed to provide care for a friend or family member, be
proactive about your own stress management plan. Being prepared in
advance can help reduce your stress. As stressors can have
physiological effects, talk to your own doctor about stress-management
specific to you. Here are a few things to consider when planning to
act as caregiver:
Above all, remember that you’re not alone. There are many resources
out there to help you. Government programs like Eldercare and your
local Area Agency on Aging might be able to provide additional
support. To find an Eldercare service near you, visit www.eldercare.acl.gov. Also, it might be worth
your time to visit websites like www.caregiver.org and www.caregiverstress.com. These sites provide a
variety of resources, tools, and events for caregivers.*
Providing care for a loved one can be incredibly fulfilling. By being prepared, knowing your signs of stress, and asking for help when needed, you can help facilitate a positive experience for everyone.
*Zimmer Biomet is not affiliated with these websites and neither endorses or verifies the accuracy of the content thereon.