Are You Downplaying Your Stress?
When you downplay your stress, you’re making excuses for not dealing with it properly or at all. And as a caregiver you can’t really afford to ignore your stress. Dealing with it is going to free you up to be an even better caregiver.

Describing it as Temporary

How are you referring to your stress? Is it something that’s just a “right now” sort of thing? If that’s how you’re describing your stress, take a moment and ask yourself when you were last free of stress. Truly temporary stress is exactly that. It should be easy to pinpoint a time the other day or last week when you weren’t running around stressed. If that timeframe is weeks, months, or years ago, you’re downplaying your stress and ignoring it.

Thinking about it as Just a Part of Caregiving

Another problem that caregivers run into when they’re thinking about their stress is that they lump it in as a normal part of caregiving. Caregiving can be stressful occasionally, but it shouldn’t be stressing you out constantly. If that’s the case, then there’s more that you need to be looking at here. You may be taking on too much yourself or looking at your identity as a caregiver as your only purpose.

Blaming Others for Your Stress

If you’re blaming other people for your stress, that’s a problem, too. Your stress is yours, unfortunately, and while other people and other situations can contribute to it, you’re the only one who can really do anything about it. Pay attention to who you credit with your stress so that you can start getting real about it.

What Can You Do?

The very first thing you can do about your stress is to stop downplaying it. Admit that your stress is here, it’s overwhelming, and you need to do something about it. The next thing that can help quite a bit is to get some help. Caregiver support groups and therapy can both be incredibly helpful here. You might also want to look at what it is that is contributing to your stress. Now what can you do to alleviate that situation at all?

You’re going to have to face up to your stress if you want to keep being a caregiver. Finding the right tools for you to manage your stress effectively is crucial. That’s going to let you keep going even when the situation gets really tough. And the one guarantee with caregiving is that it does get tougher.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in East Millcreek, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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