Are Your Feelings About Being a Caregiver Normal?

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Being a caregiver comes with its own little rollercoaster. Nope—not the physical kind, the emotional kind. As a caregiver, you’re likely to feel everything from joy to the deepest depths of despair. Sometimes you might even feel all of that in one day. We don’t say that to scare you, but to let you know that your feelings are perfectly normal.

The trick to having all of these emotions is accepting them and dealing with them. But, even though having the feelings associated with being a caregiver are normal, it’s sometimes hard to admit to having the negative ones.

Here are some common emotions and some tips for coping with them.

Caregiver Shelby OH - Are Your Feelings About Being a Caregiver Normal?

Caregiver Shelby OH – Are Your Feelings About Being a Caregiver Normal?

Anger

Have you ever felt like you were on the verge of blowing up after spending a day with your aging family member? Or, maybe you have lost your temper on occasion. That’s a pretty common part of being responsible for the needs of someone who needs ongoing care, especially if they don’t accept your help gracefully. When the older adult has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it can be even harder. Instead of blaming yourself for feeling angry, try to find ways to manage your anger. Try counting to ten before you react to something, or simply walking away until you’ve calmed down. Find someone you can talk to and who doesn’t mind if you vent now and then. A support group for caregivers can be a great place to do that.

Anxiety

Becoming a caregiver can make you feel like you’ve lost control of your life. You may be left feeling anxious about how to get your life back. Anxiety can affect your ability to sleep and leave you feeling like you’re on the verge of crying. When you feel anxious, give yourself a break. Stop for a cup of tea, a moment of meditation, or some deep breathing.

Sadness

People who are caregivers are at a higher risk for depression. Depression can make you feel sad, hopeless, and cause sleep problems. If you suspect you are depressed, seek medical attention. Depression can be treated. Support your emotional well-being by joining a support group, exercising, and surround yourself with helpful family members and friends.

One way to make being a caregiver a little easier is to enlist the help of home care. Home care can reduce the stress of being a caregiver because you’ll have help doing the many tasks involved in being a caregiver. Home care can assist with keeping the older adult’s house clean, preparing meals, personal care, and medication reminders.

Source:  https://www.caregiver.org/emotional-side-caregiving

If you are considering  Caregiver Services in Shelby OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.