Generally, anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness and discomfort so intense that it seriously impairs the ability of thinking clearly. While different from the medical issue, caregiver anxiety displays many similar signs and symptoms like constant worrying, heart palpitations, agitation that manifests in the form of trembling, vomiting, exhaustion, disturbed sleep, and loss of appetite. The main difference is that this form caregiver anxiety stems from being responsible for the care of loved ones, which can often cause overwhelming feelings of stress and helplessness. At IPR Healthcare, we know that no one wants caregiver anxiety to get in the way of their duties, so we’ve laid out some information you need to know:
What Causes Caregiver Anxiety?
There could be a number of reasons why you’re struggling with caregiver anxiety. Additional financial responsibilities, more work to catch up with, the uncertainty of the future and the emotional burden that comes with looking after a family member can all lead up to the unpleasant feelings and symptoms associated with caregiver anxiety. These feelings can become so overwhelming that it can lead to potential mental health problems, such as depression or feelings of extreme isolation.
How Can I Deal with Caregiver Anxiety?
The first step to overcoming caregiver anxiety is to accept that mood swings and frequent bouts of uncertainty are an inevitable part of being a caregiver. However, these feelings can be reduced with some simple self-care tips. For starters, identify the triggers and break the chain of constantly worrying and distorting thoughts. Instead of thinking about worst possible outcomes of a situation, stay positive, stay calm, and most importantly stay in the moment. This can help banish negative thoughts, and help you focus on providing the best possible care for your loved one. Additionally, focusing on the positive aspects of caregiving can help combat any looming anxiety. Many caregivers find that knowing they are helping their loved one far outweighs the stress that can occur with the job.
What if These Tips Don’t Work for Me?
Despite all these efforts, if you still feel anxious when caring for your loved one, don’t hesitate to consult a primary care physician for an assessment. Depending on the severity of the situation, your doctor may advise you to go for pharmacologic treatments or cognitive behavioral therapy. The outlined treatment may include:
- Aerobic exercises
- Breathing exercises and yoga
- Adopting new skills to cope with anxiety
Caregiver anxiety, while common, can be a frustrating occurrence for those in charge of their loved one’s care. Learning how to cope with these feelings can not only help you take better care of your loved one but can also help you take better care of yourself in times of stress. At IPR Healthcare, our caregivers are prepared to help your loved one receive the highest quality of in-home healthcare. Give us a call at (713) 592-6776 or visit us at https://iprhealthcare.com/home-health-care-services/.