You’re slow to anger but quick to help out and truly a blessing in many lives. However, lately you’ve found yourself getting angry and frustrated at your aging parents.
Maybe it’s your mother or father. Whoever it is that is counting on you for support each day, you might not consider yourself their caregiver, but that’s exactly what you are. As a family caregiver, stress is going to be a part of your life. You might not think that’s the case when you first start doing this type of job, before long you will find it more difficult to clear your mind at the end of the day, fall asleep, stay asleep throughout the night, or stop thinking about every worst-case scenario that could happen to this individual.
When stress builds, tempers flare.
The more stress a person is under in life, the more difficult it becomes to maintain that even keeled temper. The more difficult it becomes to avoid snapping at someone who seems to be obstinate, constantly arguing with you, or fighting back against the assistance you are providing.
When you snap, guilt usually follows.
As with almost every single thing that is placed under intense pressure, eventually it reaches its breaking point. For you it might have been one more snide comment from that elderly parent who has been leaning on you for more and more things in recent months. It might have been for not listening to your counsel or advice and instead buying one more item from a telemarketer because she happened to be lonely and didn’t want the phone call to end.
It could be anything, but at the end of the day, when you ultimately decided to snap, it’s not easy to recover from that. You feel guilty. You want to apologize but at the same time you don’t feel appreciated.
When this kind of caregiver stress is overwhelming you, think about home care support services.
Hiring a home care aide doesn’t have to be for full-time or around-the-clock care. It could be for supplemental support, such as a couple of hours a few days a week. Sit down with this elderly parent and talk about the frustration, stress, and anxiety you are experiencing. Discuss how it’s impacting your life.
He or she may already have noticed some of those changes in your demeanor but didn’t know how to fix it. By counting on home care, you might just eliminate a lot of stress from both of your lives.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Monroe Township, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.