You’re the type of person who would be there for just about anyone if they needed help. A best friend, your spouse, aging parent, sibling, neighbor, whoever. You would be there for them no questions asked. It’s wonderful to have that kind of caring attitude, but when you begin taking care of an elderly or disabled adult family member, whether it’s a parent, grandparent, sibling, adult child, spouse, or someone else, it’s just as important that you take care of yourself.
Why does this matter?
If you don’t take proper care of yourself, if you allow the stress of being a caregiver to overwhelm you, it will begin to affect you in many ways. It could affect your work life. Maybe you’ve been pursuing a career and devoted the last 10, 15, or 20 years of your life to getting where you are. However, you’ve been taking a lot of time off lately, been unfocused on certain projects, missed the deadline, and it’s causing problems for your job. What could happen if nothing changes?
You could very well lose your job. It can also affect your relationships. How much time are you devoting to taking care of this other person? If it’s an aging parent, for example, and if you’re married, is your spouse getting the time and attention he or she deserves? What about your children? What about your friendships?
People are often forgiving of loved ones going through difficult circumstances, but that doesn’t last forever. If your loved ones are feeling neglected, it can cause arguments, resentment, strife, and that’s going to increase the stress you experience.
Caregiver stress can also impact your health.
Many family members who begin caring for adult disabled loved ones, parents or otherwise, don’t eat as healthy as they could or should, don’t exercise nearly as often as they had grown accustomed to, and that has a negative impact on their overall health.
You need to take care of yourself.
If you don’t properly take care of yourself, you could find yourself in a situation where you have a health issue of your own. You might feel run down, tired, and get sick more frequently. When you’re sick and unable to get out of bed, who’s going to take care of that elderly or disabled family member? You need to take care of yourself first, and then you’ll be in a good position to help those who matter most in your life. You can start that by understanding the value in home care support services.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in East Brunswick, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.