Wednesday Workshop – Signs That it’s Time for a Break from Caregiving
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. Stress and burnout are the most common problems for those who care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Take stock of your stress level by asking yourself whether you’re experiencing any of the following emotional and physical symptoms. For an even better reality check, have your partner or other loved one answer the questions for you to see what someone close to you thinks.
There’s no formula for defining your stress level, but if your yes answers outnumber your no answers, or if just two or three of the categories seem to apply to you, consider taking steps to ease your situation.
Here are the symptoms that suggest you need a break:
- You have a short fuse
• Do you get angry easily?
• Do you feel resentment towards your loved one?
• Do you feel irritable toward other family members or find yourself snapping at them?
One of the more obvious signs of family caregiver stress is losing your cool easily. Frustration may particularly increase when obstacles or challenges come up, whether major or minor.
- You experience emotional outbursts
• Do you cry often or unexpectedly?
• Do you experience feelings of depression?
• Do you have dramatic mood swings?
It’s natural to grieve as your loved one’s condition declines. It’s also normal to feel a complicated range of emotions about having to parent your loved one. Depression is a real risk for caregivers.
- You’re experiencing sleep problems
• Do you have trouble falling asleep?
• Do you have trouble staying asleep?
• Do you wake up tired?
If your loved one is sundowning, wanders, or has disrupted sleep, you lose opportunities to rest on top of the tiring work you do all day. Trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep can also be caused by stress, anxiety, and depression.
- You notice some physical ailments
• Do you get headaches often?
• Have you had colds one after another?
• Does your back or neck ache, or do you have other chronic pains?
• Have you developed high blood pressure?
Mental and emotional stress can cause physical disorders. For example, stress can lead to headaches that are more frequent, more persistent, or stronger than you’re used to.
To learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week.