Taking care of the caregivers
Maintaining one’s energy and vitality as a caregiver is important personally and to the family. The roles and responsibilities a person has as a caregiver can seem overwhelming. Because the demands of caregiving can continue indefinitely, it’s important to understand the warning signs of stress and how to cope with the pressures. Surveys show that many caregivers frequently feel frustrated, anxious and depressed. They often experience physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach disorders and sleeplessness. Everyone experiences their own warning signs and symptoms of stress and need to be aware of what those are since they can often indicate that the caregiver is reaching burnout.
So what are some ways for caregivers to manage stress and take care of themselves?
• Express their feelings to others like a trusted family member, friend, clergy or at a caregiver support group.
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