Stress is a powerful force. Most of the time stress is considered a negative force. However, there are some circumstances where stress can honestly be a “lifesaver.” The roots of stress go back to the ‘fight or flight’ survival mechanism built into our DNA. As a family caregiver, you may be experiencing a lot of stress in your life. But, do you fully understand and appreciate what kind of impact it’s having on your body and health? Are you paying attention to those survival instincts?
Prolonged stress can literally kill us.
There’s plenty of research indicating the tremendous impact stress has on our body and health. In fact, prolonged stress can increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke (ScienceDaily). It also leads to some behaviors that can often be considered negative.
Every person out there has experienced stress before. It might have been worry that mom or dad would soon discover the broken vase you stuffed behind the couch. Or maybe that essay paper during freshman year of college you only threw together at the last minute. Perhaps it was wondering how in the world you were ever going to make rent this month.
Financial stress is one of the most prolific forms of stress in American life, but it is certainly not the only one. Caregiver stress is beginning to impact more and more Americans every year. In fact, out of the estimated 44 million family caregivers taking care of an elderly or disabled adult loved one (Forbes), almost every single one of them is dealing with stress.
So, how is stress affecting your body and health now?
You might not be sleeping well. You may feel anxious, worried about that aging senior in your life. You might be missing time at work, be distracted, and wondering what you’re going to do if you lose your job because of this. Your hands are jittery. There’s tightness in your shoulders and lower back.
You feel your blood pressure rising, flushing your face. You can’t concentrate. Your memory has become atrocious.
But what can you do?
The best way to take care of yourself and, ultimately, that elderly person in your life is to acknowledge you can’t keep doing this forever. You have to ‘tap out,’ meaning cry uncle and ask for help.
Contact a home care agency today. Experienced and qualified home care aides can not only support elderly and disabled clients and help them maximize quality of life and safety, they can also provide a vital safety net to those family caregivers being overwhelmed with stress and anxiety.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Rolling Hills, CA, please contact the caring staff at 1Heart Caregiver Services today at (844)814-3278.
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