Life used to be fun. It used to be exciting. Then your elderly mother fell ill and being her caregiver was something that seemed to be your responsibility. After all, you only lived a couple of miles away from her and since your children were full grown and out of the house, you figured you would have plenty of time to help her.
Before long, though, it started consuming your life.
This happens to many family caregivers. The stress starts out small and slow, but eventually begins to build more rapidly. It’s like the proverbial snowball that is rolled down a hill. It gets bigger and bigger and as it does, it gets faster and faster and more dangerous to anyone at the bottom of that hill.
Stress may not have seemed like a big deal at first, only a minor inconvenience, but before you realized it you were the one standing at the bottom of the hill with that massive snowball picking up speed, thundering every time it bounced along the ground, and it seems like there’s nowhere for you to go to get away from it.
You have given up exercise and time with friends.
Maybe you haven’t had a date night with your spouse in months. Perhaps you use to get together with some friends at least once a week for afternoon tea or an evening out on the town. You haven’t done that, either. In fact, you haven’t spoken to some of your friends in many, many months.
They might have called you several times for weeks or even months, but after a while when people don’t get a response, they basically give up.
You haven’t been to the gym, haven’t been taking care of yourself, and have been eating fast food more frequently to the point where you feel it’s affecting your health directly. You just don’t like what’s happening to you.
Your entire life is now little more than work and taking care of your mother.
That level of caregiver stress is going to have a significant impact on your health. It can increase the risk of a heart attack, stroke, or other medical emergency and it can affect your relationships and possibly even your career.
The sooner you accept that caregiver stress is affecting you, the sooner you can do something about it. One of the best things is to consider the value that home care support services offers.
For home care to reduce caregiver stress in Cherry Hill, NJ, and the surrounding areas, call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 720-0100.