Many caregivers are so selfless and strong that they seem superhuman. But the truth is, even the most patient and steadfast caregivers have a breaking point. And that’s nothing to be ashamed of.
In fact, caregivers and the friends and family who support them should regularly talk about stress. Recognizing and addressing early signs of strain helps prevent caregiver burnout – a situation that can harm both the caregiver and the care recipient.
If you care for an older loved one, or are close to someone who does, take a moment to read the statements below.
- Recently, I’ve felt anxious about facing another day.
- Sometimes, I feel unequipped to provide the type of care my loved one needs.
- Often, I feel irritated or angry about the way things are going.
Did you agree with one or more of these statements? If the answer is yes, then it may be time to step back and evaluate your stress. You can find more information about the signs of caregiver stress right here on CareConverations.org. To manage stress, talk with friends, family or a health care provider about your feelings, and look into options like respite care, which can provide a much-needed break from caregiving.
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