Although caregiving can be a rewarding opportunity for many family caregivers, It can also put them at risk for substantial stress. These stresses can be financial,
physical, and psychological in nature.
Stress is a mind–body activity which occurs when caregiving demands escalate.
These escalated caregiving demands can put a great deal of strain on a Caregiver’s physical and mental health.
Trying to balance the demands of your care partner and your needs is not a luxury, but a necessity.
Here is a list of things you can do to regain your sense of well-being.
1. Find balance, it is important to not let the caregiving role take over things that bring purpose and joy to you. Stay active with friends, your faith community and your hobbies.
2. Embrace your choice to be a caregiver, know the tremendous gift you are giving your care partner. That YOU are making a real difference in their life!
3. Focus on what you can control (Your schedule, household duties, visitation)
4. Celebrate the good days and small victories
5. Find ways to reward and validate yourself as a caregiver
6. Talk to a counselor
7. Keep communications open with family and friends
8. Ask for help, no one is expected to be caregiving alone. There are many agencies in your community to help.