Caregiver Stress

Caring for a loved one can be taxing on the most resilient of people. It often requires much (or all) of your time and energy, leaving little time for self-care. 

You might feel like you are spending so much time caring for this loved one (or ones) that you can’t take care of basic tasks in your personal life. It can lead to you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed.

These feelings can make it hard to focus and can put a damper on what would otherwise be happy moments—sharing a laugh with your elderly parent, hearing a story from a grandparent, or being part of your own child(ren) and spouse’s lives. You can’t go on like this forever. It’s not good for yourself or for the others in your life. 

Signs That You Are Too Stressed

*body aches

*nausea

*restlessness

*lack of sleep

*inability to focus

*short temper 

It’s ok to feel this way. We all struggle with extreme stress at some point in our lives. But, you may want to consider getting some help. 

How We Can Help

Move Forward counselors often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness techniques to teach healthy coping skills. These techniques also help manage anxious thoughts and feelings that arise when you’re overwhelmed. If you’re ready to organize your priorities and learn skills to manage all the tasks life throws at you, then it’s time to talk to a Move Forward counselor.

Our counselors can help you better care for yourself. They can make suggestions on how to make time for what is most important to you, so you can be the best version of you. 

Ready? It’s time to start feeling better.