Being a caregiver can be a positive and rewarding experience however it can create a high level of stress resulting in physical and emotional distress. Balancing our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual parts support optimal well-being.
Caregivers May Experience:
- Feelings of sadness
- Feelings of anxiety or depression
- Excessive worrying, feeling overwhelmed
- Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
- Isolated from family and friends
- Loss of sense of self, low self-esteem
- Fatigue from poor sleep, poor nutrition, emotional stress
- Difficulty in concentration, memory recall
- Physical pain, muscle tightness
- Irritability or anger
- Anticipatory grief
- Financial challenges
When you are a caregiver you are trying to look after you and your loved one. Self-care is not always easy and some may say unrealistic at times. Time constraints, lack of flexibility, and high demands to meet the basic needs of everyday living are some challenges caregivers face when trying to care for themselves. Debra has several years of experience working with caregivers and understands the challenges of finding the balance.