7 Emotional Stresses of Caregiving and How to Manage Them

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Caring for a senior loved one could cause all types of emotions to surface, and failing to manage those emotions could lead to a poor quality of life. Here are some tips to help family caregivers manage the emotional side of caregiving. 

1. Resentment 

Caregivers who don’t receive help from other family members may begin to feel resentment. You may feel as if your life has been disrupted while everyone else is free to do what they want. Ask your family for more help. If asking for help is not an option, consider hiring an in-home caregiver.

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2. Neglect 

Many caregivers skip doctor visits and exams and let go of their appearance. They may even stop exercising or develop unhealthy eating habits. When you neglect your own health, you could end up becoming ill. Schedule time off to go to the doctor, or make time for exercising and meal prep. Hiring a respite caregiver may give you more time off to focus on your own personal needs. 

3. Guilt 

It is normal for caregivers to have good days and bad days. There will be moments when you feel like giving up, and you may even share this information with close friends or members of a support group. You do not need to feel guilty about these feelings. You are taking on a lot of responsibility and deserve to vent from time to time. To relieve some of the emotional stresses of caregiving, keep people in your life who you can speak to honestly and openly. 

4. Worry

Seeing your loved one living with cognitive decline or chronic illnesses can be devastating, and you will want to do all you can to make him or her feel better. Remember there are no guarantees your loved one will completely recover from an illness or surgical procedure. You need to accept these circumstances and continue to do your best. Focus on bonding with your loved one and creating everlasting memories. 

5. Anger 

Too many mishaps in one day or unwanted criticism from a family member could lead to anger. Disappointment and lack of sleep also cause caregivers to become angry. Keep in mind chronic anger can have serious consequences such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and strokes. Learn how to express yourself in a healthy way. For instance, you can practice breathing techniques to calm yourself down when angry. 

6. Embarrassment 

There may be times when your loved one has a meltdown in public, or he or she could begin saying inappropriate things while at dinner. Your loved one may also be incontinent and have an accident while you are out running errands or visiting with friends. These are issues that could cause family caregivers to be embarrassed. You can manage this emotion by remembering your loved one is the one who is experiencing these changes. 

Consider hiring a professional caregiver if your loved one needs help managing incontinence or daily tasks. Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the Kingwood respite care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.

7. Loneliness 

Withdrawing from community activities, events, and outings is something many caregivers do. Failing to socialize with people your own age and family members aside from your loved one could cause you to become stressed and isolated, and you might develop bad habits to manage the loneliness, such as smoking, drinking, and overeating. One of the best ways to prevent loneliness is to maintain close friendships and expand your social circle.

Caregiving can be a stressful job. However, family members can relieve stress and prevent burnout by hiring professional in-home caregivers. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, North Houston Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks. Call us at 832-412-1345 to learn about our premier home care plans.