One of the very first steps in getting your stress levels under control while you’re a caregiver is to start to recognize what stress looks like for you. Symptoms of stress can be highly individualized and you might not realize just how early you can spot stress in yourself.
Stress Doesn’t Look Exactly the Same for Everybody
One of the problems that caregivers experience is that stress doesn’t look exactly the same for everyone. You might find that stress makes you eat or that it makes you want to work out all the time. Other people get uncontrollably tired when they are under a lot of stress. Your unique symptoms are just that. They’re unique to you and to your situation.
You Might See Some of the Same Symptoms
That said, though, you might recognize some symptoms in other people that you also experience when you’re stressed. Maybe you lose your appetite completely or you get headaches. Physical and emotional symptoms are the most common signs of stress and they can be easy to recognize. If you’re still having trouble, talk to someone who cares about you and let them know you’re trying to spot what you do when you’re stressed. They may be able to tell you more than you think they could.
Take Some Action
Solving your stress problem means that you need to take action. It’s one thing to keep collecting data, but that only takes you so far. You have to start doing something about your stress. If you’re not sleeping, figure out what’s causing that and get some quality sleep. If you’re not eating right, change that habit. Your body needs fuel, rest, and movement in order to stay healthy. Make those things happen.
You May Need to Get Professional Help
Something else to consider is that you might be so stressed because you’re overwhelmed and you flat out need help. Take the time to figure out how you can get some extra help in your corner. Home care providers can give you the hands-on assistance that you need and you can leave your senior in their capable hands. A break might be the one thing you need most that you haven’t tried.
Stress can do a lot of damage on you as a caregiver. Recognizing stress as it works in your life and as it works against you is one of your best first response tools. Do everything that you can to bust your stress and that’s going to make a huge difference for you.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Caregiver Services in Floral Park 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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