It’s not easy to admit that you might be investing too much of your time and energy into caregiving and not enough into yourself. Your body and your brain will give you some hints that you need to be paying more attention to yourself, if you listen to them.
Being a caregiver requires a lot of time and energy from you. If you’re not sleeping well or enough, that leaves you feeling even more fatigued than you should be feeling. A big sign of trouble is when you’re getting plenty of sleep in terms of hours in bed, but you’re still feeling exhausted.
You’re More Worried than Usual.
Worry is a sign that you’re feeling anxious and if you’re more worried than you normally are you’re probably not letting yourself stand down at all. That’s not good because it means you might be anticipating problems where there aren’t any. You might start to realize that you’re touchier than usual, too, and things that wouldn’t have worried you before are a huge concern now.
You’re in Pain.
Physical pain, whether it’s due to old injuries or other issues like headaches, is a message to you from your body. You might not be getting enough sleep to recover or you might be experiencing even deeper emotional issues than you realize. It’s important to try to figure out what’s causing your pain so that you can alleviate that root problem.
You’re Leaning on Vices More.
Vices sounds like you’re doing something awful, but really what it can mean is that you’re relying on caffeine, comfort foods, or even cigarettes more than you usually do to cope. When you increase these less healthy habits, you end up relying on them more and that can spell health issues for you down the line.
You’re Feeling Angry or Resentful.
If you’re feeling angry more often than usual or without cause, that’s your subconscious communicating with you. Anger and resentment are signs that you’re not doing something for yourself that you deep down know you should be doing. When you start taking better care of yourself, those feelings often resolve themselves quickly.
You don’t have to avoid taking breaks because you feel as if there’s no one else who can help your elderly family member. Working with home care providers allows you to easily take a few hours away without worrying that your senior is all alone. They can also lighten your task load while they’re at it.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care in Greenville, SC, contact Heart of the Carolinas Home Care at 864-991-3116. Providing Home Care Services in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Anderson, Spartanburg, Mauldin, Seneca, Laurens, Charleston, Columbia and the surrounding areas.
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