Caregivers give up so much of themselves for the sake of the ones they care for – both emotionally and physically. It’s easy to become worn down and to start to experience feelings like apathy, exhaustion, and a withdrawal from the person in your care. This is often known as compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress, and it can be harmful to your own health and wellbeing. It could also hinder your ability to be as warm, nurturing, and caring as you need to be for the person you’re caring for. Read more
For a family caregiver, stress in inevitable, but in reality, that doesn’t necessarily always have to be a bad thing. After all, as the saying goes, “A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.” However, family caregiver stress levels can rise quickly and become extreme. And if that stress isn’t handled properly, it can lead to concerning health-related consequences.
Give these ideas a try to lower stress and realize a healthier and calmer way of life – both for yourself and those you love:
- Take a break. Minimize stress through any or all of these strategies:
- Take a walk or participate in some other exercise
- Practice deep breathing (inhale while counting to four; hold for a count of four; exhale to a count of four; hold for a count of four; repeat as needed)
- Listen to calming music
- Pray or meditate
- Call a friend
- Write in a journal
- Engage in a stress-busting activity. There are a number of enjoyable activities to deflect your focus away from whatever was triggering stress and onto something more positive, such as arts and crafts, reading a book, spending time with pets or children, gardening, a DIY project – even as little as 10 or 15 minutes spent on the activity can make a big difference in how you feel.
- Change your self-talk. All through the course of each day, you may find yourself having thoughts like, “I can’t do this!” or “Everything is going wrong!” Pause for a moment when negative feelings begin to fill your mind, and say to yourself instead, “I can handle this, one step at a time,” or, “Help is here for me whenever I want it.”
You could also benefit from one of the many apps that are specifically designed to help reduce family caregiver stress. Find five that are especially helpful here from DailyCaring.
Family caregiver stress can often be exacerbated if you feel you have no support system. Thankfully, we can help! Call Endeavor In Home Care, provider of the most trusted senior home care in Phoenix and the surrounding area, for a free in-home consultation to learn how we can share in your caregiving obligations, allowing you essential time away to destress, through services including:
- Assistance with personal care and hygiene
- Meal planning and preparation
- Running errands, including grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions
- Taking care of housekeeping chores and laundry
- Companionship to brighten each day with stimulating conversations, games, puzzles, hobbies, etc.
- Transportation to doctors’ appointments and fun outings
- Medication reminders
- And many more
Contact us online or at (480) 498-2324 and find out how a partner in care can make a world of difference in lowering stress and restoring a healthy life balance for people experiencing family caregiver stress.
With family caregivers giving so much of themselves to the aging loved ones for whom they provide care, it’s easy for them to forget to extend that same care to themselves. It might seem normal, then, to imagine that these selfless caregivers would feel proud about the care they provide and have a great sense of purpose. Read more
Many people are responsible for juggling a wide range of duties in their day-to-day lives, and for family caregivers, it can sometimes feel like juggling with flaming swords and knives. It’s natural for family members to become stressed out and to experience feelings of caregiver guilt when trying to provide the best care for a member of the family. Read more
Lots of people go through times when they just want to be left alone for a while with their thoughts, to work through concerns in their lives free from distractions, or simply to enjoy some downtime. For older individuals, however, being isolated for too long may be indicative of a more serious condition: senior depression. Read more
Picture how it would feel to awaken in an unfamiliar location, not able to remember how you arrived there or even what your name is. Progressing into complete disorientation, then quickly leading to anger and fear, you might find yourself lashing out at the unknown person positioned beside your bed, talking to you in a quiet voice. Read more
Recovery after a stroke may be impacted by how quickly a stroke is recognized and treated. It’s important for all of us to recognize the warning signs of a stroke, a condition that is both serious and increasingly prevalent. The National Stroke Association lists stroke as the 5th leading cause of death in America, with upwards of 800,000 individuals having a stroke every year. This translates to every 40 seconds a person somewhere in the U.S. is experiencing a stroke and every 4 minutes somebody dies from a stroke. Read more
Serving as family caregiver for an older loved one, although incredibly fulfilling, can also cause an elevated level of caregiver stress. The 24/7 pressure of taking care of a loved one’s care needs can very quickly intensify to turn into caregiver burnout – a dangerous condition that can cause a loss of patience and emotional outbursts, impacting not only the caregiver personally, but his or her older loved one as well. Read more
Fulfilling the care needs of an elderly or disabled loved one is a psychologically, physically, and emotionally demanding undertaking, and it’s crucial for family caregivers to take regular breaks to rest and relax to achieve a healthy life balance. Respite care provides relief from the daily obligations of caregiving, permitting family caregivers to also care for their own needs. Read more
“How on earth could you think that I have dementia? There is not a single thing wrong with me!”
If a senior loved one with a dementia diagnosis communicates feelings like this, you may think to yourself that the senior is essentially in denial and reluctant to admit to such a concerning diagnosis. Yet there could be a different reason: anosognosia, or someone’s actual unawareness that he or she is affected by dementia. Read more
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