Caregiver Stress Part 6

Have you ever had a guest stay at your house for longer then the comfortable 3 days?

Research shows, usually after about 3 days, people can get on your nerves, your toes, or both.

Some days it can feel like the last straw of the day!

Perhaps you suggest, to your guest, possible outings or places to visit.

And when it’s time for your guests to go home,

It’s been a lovely time together,

And you are glad to see them get safely to their home

You get a moment to breathe a sigh of relief!

Because, Life is back to normal!

In caregiving, there can be many positive stressors – you bring skills, knowledge & abilities to caregiving, you can feel good about – Self Esteem, Helping, Appreciation, Caring & Giving Back to your Loved One. 

In caregiving, there can be many negative stressors also. Today, let’s look at one often forgotten area “Physical.”

Your place is your castle, isn’t it?

Sometimes it’s not easy to just have your place as you want it.

You have visitors come for a meal or to stay,

And it can be awkward at times, because your Loved One,

Doesn’t always understand social norms.

So your physical place isn’t always your own safe space.

And sometimes your physical space isn’t always a safe space for your Loved One & Visitors.

These are considered the Health Hazards of helping a Loved One.

Yet when you are aware – You can make little changes to help.

What are some ways you can create and have some safe space just for you?

Who is your Lifeline, who can you call on, to help, at a moments notice to help you care for your Loved One, for a few minutes for a quick interruption or appointment or a day or two for a hospital visit or weekend mini holiday?

Remember your physical space is important too!

Having the support you need is critical for Your Care!

Write a list of Who are Your Lifelines?

 Create a great day!

Annie Born

Author & Founder of CarefortheCaregiver.org

Remember to Stay Linked, Informed & Educated to Bring Hope, Health & Happiness to the World.

P.S. You are tangible!