Caregiver stress is a serious problem if you’ve not been seeing to your own needs. It’s easy to ignore, though, which is why your body and your brain send you signals that start to become impossible to ignore.
You Don’t Want to Be Around Anyone
Avoiding other people can sneak up on you slowly and without much notice. It’s a good idea to take your social tolerance temperature regularly. It’s one thing to just not feel like seeing your friends and other family members once in a while, but if you find that you’re turning down those invitations far more than you’re than you’re accepting them, that’s a sign.
Activities You Used to Enjoy Aren’t Interesting Anymore
When you’re seriously stressed out, even the things that you love to do may not be enough to cheer you up anymore. Take a good look at what you’re doing with your free time. if your tastes have simply changed, that’s one thing. But if you find that you’re just not interested in anything, you might want to find out what you can do to destress.
You’re Not Eating Right
Often when people are stressed, they tend to choose comfort foods that aren’t always that healthy for them. The problem is that when your body is running on inferior fuel, you aren’t likely to feel all that great. Couple that with any emotional upheaval, and you’ve got quite a problem.
You’re Not Sleeping Right
Another clue to bigger problems could be any trouble that you’re having with sleep. Are you having trouble falling asleep? Staying asleep? There are lots of different reasons that your sleep can be disrupted, so it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about potential causes so that you can narrow down a solution.
You’re Ill More Often Than Usual
You may also notice that you just can’t shake a cold that you’ve had for a long time. Or maybe your spring allergies have hung around far longer than they usually do. When your body is run down, it doesn’t fight off illnesses as easily as it can when it’s healthy. Make sure to talk to your doctor about what you can do for your health while you’re working on destressing.
If you’re not taking respite as often as you should, or at all, that can be part of the larger problem. Talk to other family members or elderly home care providers about filling in for you.