It may not be easy to find balance in life, especially when you have so many things going on, but it’s important. Balance allows you to reduce stress and anxiety, focus on the more positive things in life, and be a better support to friends and family who need you most.
When you’re a family caregiver, stress is going to be a part of your life. You may not think it at first, especially because of the relationship you have with that individual depending on you. It might be a spouse, parent, adult child who was injured in an accident, sibling, or even a close friend.
If you don’t acknowledge stress or how it could be affecting you, you may be setting yourself up for a major struggle in the future. In order to maintain balance as a family caregiver, there are a few things you can do.
First, evaluate your time limitations.
Everyone has the same 24 hours each day. While you may think you can get along fine on just a couple of hours of sleep a night every once in a while, it’s not healthy. Everyone needs at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.
On top of that, you may have a career, a few part-time jobs or a full-time job you don’t consider a career, you might be raising children, enjoy certain hobbies, miss spending time with friends, and other activities.
You can’t do all of them and still be a family caregiver without feeling the effect of stress. Evaluate your time and how limited it is.
Second, discuss the challenges this senior is facing honestly.
It’s easy to gloss over certain things you don’t want to actually discuss, whether it’s about yourself or somebody else. However, if you keep glossing over certain challenges the senior’s facing because you keep saying you’ll be there, you can do it, you can help them, and so forth, you’re not being honest.
Even if you could be there in the morning, afternoon, evening, and overnight, that doesn’t do anything to eliminate the challenges. It just shifts the burden.
Sometimes, an aging senior can overlook just how challenging life is when they’re constantly calling on a close family member or friend for help.
Third, be sure to make time for hobbies and enjoyment.
If you don’t, the stress is only going to take a bigger toll in your life. When you assess your time limitations and simply can’t find any hours for hobbies and enjoyment like you once did, look at the value home care truly offers.
When you do that, everything can change.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Caregiver Services in Huntington 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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