Stress can have a devastating effect on your health and well-being if you don’t take the time to address and manage the situation. The following are some of the most common symptoms that may be an indication that you are becoming overstressed.
- Health Issues
- Inability to Concentrate
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of stress, the following tips will help you cope so you can minimize the effects.
1. Reach Out to Others
Tell friends and family what is going on, instead of trying to keep it all to yourself. If you have questions and concerns, family members may be able to help. Ask other family members to assist with the care, whether that means one person handles certain aspects, and someone else handles others. Splitting up the tasks will minimize stress immensely.
2. Accept Help
If someone offers to help you, accept it. Keep a list handy of things that someone can do to assist with the caregiving.
3. Loosen Your Control
Trying to control every aspect of care is unhealthy. Let others help, without standing over them the entire time, and trust that they can do things correctly.
4. Initiate a Check-In
Ask a friend or family member to call at a scheduled time to see if there are updates they can pass along, or even just to talk.
5. Manage Your Health
Take the time to focus on taking care of yourself as well. Make sure you are eating right and getting the exercise and rest you need.
6. Yourself “Me Time”
You have to set aside a certain amount of time for yourself each day so you can relax and do a favorite activity. Give your brain and body time to recharge so it can handle stress better.
If none of these tips help you cope with the stress, make sure to schedule some time with a professional. This will help you overcome the stress so you can enjoy your time as a caregiver.