Finding that balance between your real-life and your time as a caregiver might feel like a constant struggle. You might find yourself dealing with one or all of these problems as you try to find that sweet spot. There are solutions that help to avoid some of these problems, and care management professionals can help you to find them.
Your Social Support System Can Shrink
One of the first issues that caregivers notice when caregiving becomes more demanding is that their personal support system suddenly becomes a lot smaller. It might even disappear. Your friends may want to be there for you emotionally and in other ways, but that doesn’t mean that they’re truly able to be there for you in the ways that you need. And not having the time to nurture those connections matters a great deal, too.
Your Ability to Manage Stress Can Disappear
Stress is definitely something that you’re going to learn to wrangle as a caregiver. The techniques that work well for you now may not work well for you in the long run. You may try to put out fires rather than being proactive with your stress management. That can lead to big problems for you emotionally and in other ways. It’s something you’re going to have to come to terms with before too long.
Your Immune System May Struggle
One of the aspects of life that can become overwhelmed by stress is your immune system. When you’re constantly running and you’re under a lot of stress, your immune system isn’t able to target possible issues like it would if you were well-rested. You might find that you’re constantly feeling under the weather or worse, that chronic health issues of your own are out of control.
Your Career May Suffer
You might think that your job isn’t going to be a problem as a caregiver and you might be right. But as caregiving becomes more demanding, you might find that you’re not able to be as present in your career as you once were. That might mean you’re passed over for those bigger assignments or that you’re out more than is helpful for your employer. There are workarounds, but they aren’t always readily apparent.
Having help from care management professionals allows you to assess where you need the most assistance and what that will look like for both you and your senior. They have the experience that you need in order to solve these problems and others that you may not even realize have a solution.