When you’ve got a lot of different situations going on in your life, being a caregiver can become extremely overwhelming. Overwhelm is that feeling when you’re battling upstream constantly and getting nowhere. You might even feel as if you have to step completely away from caregiving. In many cases, managing the overwhelm can keep you functioning as a caregiver.
You’re Experiencing Feelings of Depression
Depression can be subtle, but the symptoms are usually the same. People suffering from depression tend to feel hopeless and alienated from their lives. If that describes how you’re feeling, then getting help as soon as possible is the best plan. Talk with your doctor and consider working with a counselor that you trust.
You’re Feeling Out of Control
When you’re overwhelmed, life seems to be happening to you. You’re no longer feeling like a participant in the events happening around you. This can leave you feeling that nothing that you do matters and that everything else is controlling you and what you do. When you’re feeling out of control, your responses might be exaggerated or you might feel like giving up.
Your Emotions Are All Over the Place
Being overwhelmed can seem like it shorts out your emotional responses. You might find that you’re being moodier than usual, shifting from sad to happy to angry in a matter of minutes. When you’re having difficulty managing and regulating your emotions, you need to take a step back and let yourself come back to center.
You’re Using Food, Medication, or Alcohol to Cope
Human beings tend to self-medicate without realizing what they’re necessarily doing. You might find that you’re eating too much or avoiding eating. You might also be reaching for a nightcap more often than you used to. All of these are methods of helping to soothe the overwhelm and the emotional upset that you’re feeling. Start looking for other ways to manage your emotions and deal with the source of the overwhelm so that you can get back to caregiving from a stable place.
Staying in touch with yourself and how you’re feeling can help you to manage overwhelm before you get to this point.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Caregiver Services in Plainview NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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