There are few tasks in life more challenging or more stressful than caring for a sick or aging relative at home or in a facility. Balancing caregiving with work, kids, bills and managing a household can put anyone on the verge of a meltdown; yet more than 8 million Canadians have embraced this responsibility. The majority are women between 45 and 64, who dedicate themselves to this exhausting labor of love while trying to balance the demands of home and career.
While caring for others, you probably forget to take care of yourself and that’s not good. If you’re putting the needs of your loved one well above your own to the point that it negatively impacts your own quality of life, you need to take a step back and take inventory of how this is affecting your physical and emotional wellbeing.
If you are more depleted, depressed and frustrated than inspired, re-energized, happy and fulfilled in your caregiving journey, you may be at the lower end of the caregiving continuum. If this is the case for you, there is a way to transformation and it is well worth the struggle for both yourself and your loved one.
The caregiving journey is challenging and as it is for most, you probably don't have much time in your day for yourself. Reducing stress levels whenever possible is however crucial to good health and good state of mind. Your brain, just like your body, needs downtime. “It performs best after you give it even just a little time to relax”.
When under high stress, our body releases adrenaline and cortisol, two hormones that will increase our heart rate, blood sugar and blood pressure and that will shut down our immune system so our body can function at a “high alert” level. It is, however, unhealthy for anyone to be constantly stressed. This is why caregiving takes such a toll on the body and mind if we don’t manage our stress levels on regular basis. Even if the spirit is willing, the body becomes more susceptible to disease and infection when under continuous stress.
Have you ever received good advice from your doctor related to health and stress management that you were unable to follow or unable to sustain?
Have you tried to take better care of yourself by setting boundaries just to find out that you sabotage your efforts after a few days and end right back into chaos? If so, you may need a health and wellness coach to walk with you on your path to wellness.
Do any of these symptoms sound familiar?
- Sleepless nights even when tired.
- Feeling irritable over little things.
- Feeling exhausted and drained most of the time.
- Having difficulty fighting a cold or having frequent digestive issues.
- Feeling angry, resentful and frustrated
- Feeling overly critical of your own skills and performance.
- Feeling isolated from your friends and withdrawing from other family members.
- Ignoring your self-care and forgetting your own appointments.
- Feeling depressed and constantly anxious.
- Feeling unable to give more
If you want to learn how to reduce stress and be in the driver’s seat of your life, let me work with you and you will:
- Regain control of your life and have more energy
- Start dreaming and have a clear vision of your future
- Get tips on how to nourish your body to keep it strong and energized
- Get strategies to keep your mind sharp
- Rejuvenate and restore yourself through self-love
- Set boundaries and keep social activities
- Thrive on your caregiving journey
- Replace caretaking with caregiving
- Have more fun and laughter in your life.
Schedule a free 30-minute consultation and ask how you can thrive and make caregiving more pleasant.
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