Caregivers May Need Help
If These Below Apply to You, It May be Time to Ask For Help
- Exhaustion. Taking care of a family member is tiring, mentally and physically. If you frequently wake up and have trouble getting out of bed despite having a good night's sleep, you're in distress.
- Anxiety. You may feel anxious to get things done or you may feel that you don't have enough time, or about facing another day and what the future holds.
- Changes in eating habits. Family members may have a change in eating habits when taking care of a loved one and acting as the caregiver. This can result in weight gain or loss, as well as increased illness.
- Anger. Frustration may occur more often. You may begin to get mad, lose your patience and start yelling at your loved one more. Controlling your temper may become more difficult. Caregivers often become angry at their loved one because they are sacrificing their own lives to care for them. Also feelings of resentment and anger toward family members for not contributing or helping is also common.
- Loss of concentration. You are constantly thinking about your loved one and everything that you need to do. As a result, you have difficulty concentrating at home or at work.
- Insomnia. You may feel tired, but cannot sleep. You also may wake up in the middle of the night and be constantly stressed.
- Drinking or smoking. Drinking or smoking may become more of a habit. Also, you may begin drinking or smoking when you never had in the past.
- Depression. Constant sadness, feelings of hopelessness and increased crying can become common. These feelings should not be ignored.
- Withdrawal. This can occur if you are depressed. You may not wish to see family and friends and you may stop participating in activities you enjoy
- Health problems. You may become more susceptible to the common cold or flu. This is a common occurance in caregivers who do not take care of themselves, by not eating properly and exercising.
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