Feeling nervous in social settings. They are anxiety producing. This is one of the main factors that often make them behave in weird ways around other people.
Failure to stay in bed when ill Postponement of or failure to make medical appointments for themselves Family caregivers are also at increased risk for depression and excessive use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Caregiving can be an emotional roller coaster. On the one hand, caring for your family member demonstrates love and commitment and can be a very rewarding personal experience. On the other hand, exhaustion, worry, inadequate resources, and continuous care demands are enormously stressful.
Caregivers are more likely to have a chronic illness than are non-caregivers, namely high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and a tendency to be overweight. Studies show that an estimated 46 percent to 59 percent of caregivers are clinically depressed.
Taking Responsibility for Your Own Care You cannot stop the impact of a chronic or progressive illness or a debilitating injury on someone for whom you care. But there is a great deal that you can do to take responsibility for your personal well-being and to get your own needs met.
Identifying Personal Barriers Many times, attitudes and beliefs form personal barriers that stand in the way of caring for yourself. Not taking care of yourself may be a lifelong pattern, with taking care of others an easier option.
However, as a family caregiver you must ask yourself: The first task in removing personal barriers to self-care is to identify what is in your way.
Do you think you are being selfish if you put your needs first?
Is it frightening to think of your own needs? What is the fear about? Do you have trouble asking for what you need? Do you feel inadequate if you ask for help? Do you do too much as a result?
Sometimes caregivers have misconceptions that increase their stress and get in the way of good self-care.
Here are some of the most commonly expressed: If I do it right, I will get the love, attention, and respect I deserve. Our family always takes care of their own. I promised my father I would always take care of my mother.
Instead, try positive statements: Because we base our behavior on our thoughts and beliefs, attitudes and misconceptions like those noted above can cause caregivers to continually attempt to do what cannot be done, to control what cannot be controlled.
The result is feelings of continued failure and frustration and, often, an inclination to ignore your own needs. Ask yourself what might be getting in your way and keeping you from taking care of yourself.
Following are some effective tools for self-care that can start you on your way. Reducing Personal Stress How we perceive and respond to an event is a significant factor in how we adjust and cope with it.
The stress you feel is not only the result of your caregiving situation but also the result of your perception of it—whether you see the glass as half-full or half-empty. It is important to remember that you are not alone in your experiences.
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