Caregiving is physically demanding, there’s no doubt about that, but the emotional stress can be even more draining. Whether you’re caring for a loved one or you’re a full time caregiver in your area, you will be overwhelmed at some point.
Exhausted and frustrated because you have to do a host of things for which you have no training or experience. Demanding as you make sure they get their rest while handling the endless phone calls, visitors and the never ending juggling of medication. Hospice and Red Cross have services that can help – you don’t have to do it all by yourself.
For those that care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, it can be very hard to watch their condition worsen over time. While you care for them and cope with your own stress, you may also be experiencing financial or relationship difficulties of your own. As someone that gives so much, you need to also give to yourself – known by some as “selfish” but more correctly defined as “self care”.