Overwhelm is never fun. But when you’re a caregiver, getting overwhelmed makes it incredibly difficult for you to do the things you have to do to take care of your senior and yourself. Here’s how you can tell you’re starting to get overwhelmed so that you can start to take action quickly and do what you need to do for yourself.
You’re Isolating Yourself
The very first sign, and it might be a subtle one, that you’re feeling overwhelmed as a caregiver can be that you’re isolating yourself. There’s a lot going on when you’re a caregiver and your relationships often are one of the first things to suffer. But withdrawing from the people you love doesn’t help the situation. It honestly just makes it all worse.
You’re Feeling Angry More Often
Another part of overwhelm is that your fuse gets shorter and shorter. As you start dealing with more and more tasks and obligations, you’re feeling that stress and strain. And your temper is one of the next things to go. Anger is perfectly reasonable, but it can make you act unreasonably. When you find that you’re angry about even little things, this can be a sign that you need to reevaluate what’s going on.
You Don’t Feel Rested After Sleeping
Sleep is supposed to be restorative and helpful for humans. It’s when your body does a lot of its big repairs and it’s when your brain gets a chance to reset itself. But if you’re not feeling rested, even after a full night’s sleep, that can be a sign that you’re overtaxing yourself. Look at other ways you can start to destress when you’re awake, which can help sleep to become more restorative for you again.
It’s Difficult for You to Concentrate
The human brain can only tackle so much. When you’re constantly throwing a lot at your brain and expecting a lot of yourself, your brain starts to lose things. One of the things it can lose is its ability to help you to concentrate. You may find it’s difficult to solve problems, which is a really important skill as a caregiver.
When you’re realizing you’re overwhelmed, do something as soon as possible to start dealing with the situation. Overwhelm doesn’t go away on its own. You’re going to need to make some shifts in how you take care of yourself so that you can continue to take care of the people you love.
The staff at Home Care Matters is available to talk with you and your family about all of your needs. Home Care Matters is a home care agency providing quality and affordable Homecare in Hoschton, GA, and surrounding areas. Call (770) 965.4004 for more information.
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