The biggest problem with being stressed out as a caregiver is that you can’t keep running at that speed forever. You’re going to have to have a plan for reducing your stress levels and that might not be easy to do in your current situation. That’s where these steps can help.
Realize that it’s Okay to Admit that a Situation Isn’t Working
Lots of times caregivers are worried about admitting that something about the caregiving situation isn’t working. It’s okay to admit that something isn’t functional, especially if your next step is to work toward resolving what isn’t working. This might be a stage that you need help with, and that’s okay, too. Working with an experienced care management professional opens doors for you that you didn’t even know to knock on.
Look at What You Might Be Able to Change
Your next step is to look at what you can actually change and what is carved in stone. There is a lot more that you can be flexible about than you might think possible, no matter where you are in your caregiving journey. There may be ways for you to outsource some of the aspects of caregiving that are most stressful for you and for your senior, so it makes sense to take those steps.
Take Some Action Once You Have More Information
Information gathering is great and really important, but you can’t stay in that stage forever. Once you have a handle on what needs to be done, it’s time to do it. This is where care management professionals can help you even more. They can connect you with the resources that you need to make sure that your senior’s needs are covered and that yours are, too.
Beef up Your Toolkit
Next, you want to make sure you’re covered for the future, too. This means adding as many tools to your toolkit as you can for managing stress. Does your way of eating drain you rather than giving you energy? Time to make a change. Do you need more emotional support? Consider joining a caregiver support group. There are endless options you can look to in order to keep yourself charged up and ready to go as a caregiver.
It’s a really good idea to periodically keep reviewing what’s working and what isn’t. Your senior’s situation is going to continue to change, as will yours. Different stressors are going to become more prominent or fade into the background.