“Taking care” of a loved one who is ill can tax more than your schedule and finances. The stress of a caring commitment can harm your health. Nearly one-third of American adults are primary providers for aging or unwell family members. Many are at risk for caregiver burnout or exhaustion. Anxiety and depression can result from overwhelming emotions and responsibilities.
Here are a few questions you might ask yourself …
Are you …
skipping your doctor’s
feeling tired or losing sleep?
feeling anxious or depressed?
noticing changes in appetite?
feeling numb or resentful?
It is a must for caregivers to eat healthily, exercise and find time for personal care. “To be an effective caregiver, you have to take care of yourself, too!” Even while facing total adversity, life can become richer and more meaningful. Upon recognizing changes in the lives of loved ones, stop and evaluate where you are and assess what you are capable of.
Do your best to find relief by scheduling personal time to recharge. Place daily prayer and meditation first on your list. Let go of perfection and do the very best you can!
Published on Thursday, September 5, 2019 @ 4:01 PM EDT