Caregiver Stress in Sharon MA
When you’re mired in the middle of winter, and it’s not your favorite season, it can be depressing. When you’re a family caregiver, you are going to be dealing with a lot of stress. That stress can make it feel as though this season is never going to end.
Sometimes, it’s good to look ahead.
Even though winter has its teeth firmly embedded in us, that doesn’t mean it’s going to hold on forever. The weather will warm up, the sunlight hours will lengthen, and you will get to a point when you can actually get outside and enjoy something for a change.
Are you going to be in a position to enjoy life like you should?
As a family caregiver taking care of an elderly parent, grandparent, or some other family member, you may be undergoing a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. Your time may be extremely limited. You might not have time to exercise, eat right, or even spend with your friends or family members.
You may be married and haven’t seen your spouse for more than just a few passing moments in weeks or even months. Looking ahead to summer or even the warmer spring weather, depending on where you live in the country, can help you alleviate at least a little bit of the stress you feel right now.
It’s this sense of hopefulness.
What happens when you plan a vacation, put your deposit down, and purchase your airline tickets? You probably get excited, even though the trip isn’t for another six months or so.
It’s that excitement, that anticipation that can bring you hope, even in the most difficult circumstances. You may be at a difficult job, going through incredible stress, and yet that vacation can feel like a blessing, even though it’s still months away.
The same effect can be had when you are a family caregiver undergoing tremendous stress. You may feel like you signed up for something you didn’t fully understand. Maybe you thought this was going to be a temporary job. Perhaps you assumed this was only going to require a little bit of help for a couple of weeks.
Suddenly those couple of weeks have turned into months and there seems to be no end in sight.
When you can focus on things you’ll enjoy doing, visiting with friends, going on vacation, gardening, and other similar activities that the warmer weather brings, it may help you, at least for a while, get through these more difficult months of winter.