It’s hard caring for a loved one and can be very rewarding, but it has considerable stress.
Juggling life as a sole carer, with a job, the kids, perhaps even ailing parents or an illness yourself is very very demanding. So is it any wonder that family carers are some of the people most prone to burnout?
Perhaps you feel..?
- You are gaining or losing a lot of weight
- You are losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
- Overwhelmed or constantly worried
- You are abusing alcohol or drugs, including prescription medications
- Easily irritated or angry
- Tired most of the time
- You are having frequent headaches, bodily pain or other physical problems.
To help manage your caregiver stress you could;:
- Accept help. Eg let other people cook for you.
- Set realistic goals. remember you can’t eat an elephant in one go! It’s all about bite sized chunks!
- Get connected online or join a traditional support group. Eg get support from others eg request to join our open Facebook group – fighting strokes or our closed group fighting strokes -the loved ones.
- Focus on what you are able to provide. Don’t try to be perfect as you can only try your best.!
- Seek social support. Go out for coffee or dog walk or eat lunch with a friend or ride a bike, (like my husband)
- Set personal health goals. Try to eat healthily, drink water and exercise regularly.
- See your doctor.
- Share your expectations with others.
- Be more assertive.
- Focus on positive relationships.
- Share your feelings.
- Listen to others.
Often you loved-one carers are the reason why most of us #strokesurvivors improve so well.
You are vital in the #strokerecovery process and must never ever be underestimated.
I hope that helps 😊